10 tips for a better life from The Times' Op-Ed pages in 2013
It's not all politics and policy on The Times' Op-Ed pages. The section also dispenses advice on happiness, relationships and health, and it offers lessons for how to live a better life. Here's a look back at the Op-Ed articles that resonated most with readers. -- Alexandra Le Tellier
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Don't diet for the wrong reason( Wes Bausmith / Los Angeles Times )
Are Americans obsessed with weight loss because we're seeking better health or avoiding weight discrimination? "Fear and loathing of fat are real, and American attitudes about fat may be more dangerous to public health than obesity itself," argued Abigail Saguy in a January Op-Ed that described the many ways heavier women are discriminated against. Saguy's food for thought:
"This year, before embarking on yet another diet, ask yourself why you want to lose weight. If it is to improve your health, perhaps you should focus on health-enhancing behaviors that are more directly linked to health: Pledge, for example, to get more sleep, eat more fruits and vegetables, get regular physical activity, or spend more time with friends.
"But if you are trying to change your body to shield against discrimination and stigma, consider making a different kind of New Year's resolution: to stand up to intolerance and bigotry in all its various forms, whether racism, sexism or fatphobia."
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