Friday, January 22, 2010

Mindful Eating...

Put this in the 当たり前 category...Jan Chozen Bays, pediatrician, has written a book called "Mindful Eating: Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food."

It is kind of manifestly obvious that one should pay close attention to what one eats. Many labors came to produce the food you eat, and many tens of thousands of generations of ancestors had to labor far more intensely for less.

Yeah, that's kind of obvious, but worth keeping in mind.

What's also obvious is that the Religion News Service would come up with this:

With his round cheeks and ample belly, the Buddha may rank somewhere close to sumo wrestlers on most Americans' list of go-to sources for healthful eating tips.

But the ever-present image of a fat and happy Buddha owes more to China's ideal of prosperity and ability to mass-produce figurines than to historical accuracy. In Japan and India, the Buddha is depicted as trim and lithe, said the Rev. Jan Chozen Bays, a Zen priest and pediatrician, and his teachings may be key to overcoming Americans' increasingly troubled eating habits.

Something obviously got distorted as it propagated through the channel, as we say, if Chozen said anything remotely like this. The Chinese ideal of good fortune does indeed encompass not going hungry, but I wonder how "ability to mass produce figurines" got into this article.

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