Originally Posted by -Ross Hunt
If you're going to contend that using shame to reinforce morality (in this case, self-restraint) is dated, it seems to me that you need to make some sort of argument to the effect that it isn't necessary.
When your only tool is a hammer, all your problems look like nails.
He's not saying it isn't "neccesary"
to reduce childhood obesity, he's saying shame is a dangerous
way to motivate people.
There is a great article flaoting out there, I'll look for it, maybe it was the Atlantic monthly that looks at Shame as a cultural tool. The article was about 20 pages long but very good, if not entirely conclusive on way or the other.
I would suggest the sporting, physical enhancement, health and longetvity communty (whatever PM falls into) both owes a debt to and must wrestle against the way our culture hamfistedly uses shame to spur people to action.