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5. I regard food as fuel

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Pleasure is a byproduct of eating, and an important one. But there's a big difference between a byproduct and a purpose. The only purpose of eating is to replenish the nutrients and energy your body uses up.
As a naturally thin person, you understand that food is just fuel. Any other meanings food has acquired for you are incidental. These meanings may enhance your pleasure in consuming what your body needs. But you recognize that they would become harmful if they led you to consume food it doesn't need.
Because you get that food is just fuel, you are struck by the weirdness of the contrary messages that constantly bombard you via the media. You notice how advertisers keep trying to entice you to equate foods with irrelevant emotions and conditions—fun, togetherness, self-reward, prosperity, relaxation, economy, strength, health or athletic prowess. You see how medical science, as reported by the media, assails you with equally irrelevant hopes and fears, promising that certain foods will enhance your longevity, lower your cholesterol or improve your memory, while warning that other foods will give you everything from zits to cancer. You notice, too, how sometimes your own mind proposes food as a solution to problems that have nothing to do with hunger. But you're not taken in. You are clear that hunger is the only problem food has ever solved for you.

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