Going against the status quo
One of the most important aspects of being a critical thinker is being willing to have your ideas challenged. I find a lot of people define themselves as being ‘evidence based’ but seemingly struggle with taking on board alternative ideas, even when there is substantial scientific support for them. I see this particularly when intuitive eating is discussed within the fitness industry. I see an almost automatic dismissal of the concept without consideration. When I share my views and the research that has informed them, I’m often met with either ‘Yes, we’re still learning about it’ or ‘Are you willing to change your mind?’ Comments which are not usually offered when someone is talking about counting calories or tracking macros. 🧐 . Although it is true that research is ongoing and I am open minded, baked into both of these comments is a subtle resistance to the idea of intuitive eating being a valid concept, a minimisation of the scientific evidence we already have for the concept and the implication that this is a ‘passing fad’ that does not have to be given any consideration, let alone taken on board. 🤓 . Despite often claiming the contrary, people are anxious of ideas that challenge the status quo. People fear change, on both a personal and a societal level. Change is unfamiliar, uncomfortable and sometimes unpredictable. However, being open to change allows you to explore new ideas from a neutral place, analysing the evidence for them in a balanced way and making the decision to accept or reject them without fear.