There’s more to wellness than looking pretty

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(RNS) — Last week, novelist Jessica Knoll wrote a scorching op-ed in the New York Times devoted to taking down the wellness industry.

Reflecting on a lifetime of “counting macros, replacing rice with cauliflower pellets, 13-day cleanses, intermittent fasting and an elimination diet that barred sugar, dairy and nightshades like potatoes,” Knoll argued that wellness at its core is simply a purification of our collective obsession with feminine aesthetics: diet culture and vanity repurposed as moral axioms.

After all, Knoll wrote, so often wellness culture boils down to one simple, inconvenient truth: “Thin is healthy and healthy is thin.”