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Vocab Bite: Thintritionist

42-19835818thin⋅tri⋅tion⋅ist [thin-trish-uh-nist]

- noun

  1. A nutrition expert or professional who is more focused on weight loss than overall health, showing more concern over total calories than the quality of fats, protein, and carbohydrates
  2. A nutrition expert or professional who liberally recommends low-calorie or claorie-free sugar substitutes and fat replacers (ie: offers recipes for baked goods made with Splenda and savory dishes with fat-free cheese) over real food

Example: “That health expert who talked at the corporate retreat was such a thintritionist – she kept talking about good nutrition as a way to shed pounds and look great, but never mentioned the way diet can help lower your risk of developing heart disease or Type 2 diabetes.”

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  1. Diana Leah Wilson said on October 24th, 2009

    Like! Unfortunately weight loss is the only thing that will motivate some people, despite the threat of diabetes or heart disease.

  2. Andy Bellatti said on October 24th, 2009

    This is a very interesting issue. While I certainly think that a certain slice of the population is motivated by the physical effects of weight loss, I have had many people contact me and tell me that after reading certain statistics (mainly about how 10 excess pounds raises the risk of certain diseases/conditions significantly), they felt they had no choice BUT to eat healthier and lose weight.

    My main issue with “thintritionists” is that by making nutrition mainly about weight loss, they are more likely to, for example, push fat-free foods rather than talk about the healthfu benefits of healthy fats in the diet, etc.

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