Puritan dating rituals
We can collectively invite other visions of virtuous living together.
Would you be surprised to hear that the root is Protestantism?
If so, you are participating in a social as well as a personal ritual.
The patterns of resolutions, considered collectively, reveal what many of us consider to be virtuous.
Pro-thinness and anti-fatness rely on two core assumptions: all bodies can be thin through self-discipline with food and exercise, and body size simply reflects personality and commitments to social norms. We are continually told we can all be thin if we eat less and exercise more but that assumption is unscientific.
In one of the most robust studies of intensive, long-term support for changing lifestyle routines, only 27% of participants bodies were 10% lighter over an eight year period.