The Diet Voodoo Doll: The Latest Technique In The Fight Against Obesity

The latest technique in the fight against obesity is sure to be a success. The diet voodoo doll comes with a set of pins to motivate the dieter to stick to their diet. The diet voodoo doll has phrases on its body such as “put it down”, “if you eat that, your arse will grow,” and more lovely, warm phrases that will fill anyone with a warm glow inside. Apparently after sticking pins in the doll, the fear of voodoo curses will motivate the dieter to keep going.

According to one website selling this tasteless product, you can also ruin someone else’s attempts to diet by sticking pins into the part of the doll that you most wish the person to fail in. That’s just so caring and thoughtful (sarcasm intended)!

I have to wonder who buys these things. If it’s meant to be a joke, who’s laughing? While this doll is marketed as a novelty item and not a serious attempt for those attempting to lose weight, I also have to wonder how using this voodoo doll would compare to using other approaches in the ‘fight against obesity’. For example, mainstream dieting to lose weight has a number of damaging side effects, such as increasing feelings of hopelessness and one’s sense of failure. While initial weight loss may be readily achieved on a diet, long term sustainable change from dieting is difficult and most people regain the weight they lost plus more! Furthermore, constant dieting may lead to eating disorders. Perhaps one might be better off using this ugly voodoo doll than going on constant diets that never work. Maybe not. I’m just being facetious.

I have to question why there is a viewpoint that instilling fear, shame or guilt is likely to motivate anyone to lose weight. These emotions tend to make people move towards using food for comfort. Increasing fear, shame or guilt is more likely to result in weight gain, than weight loss! I have recently seen advertisements in the USA, where instilling shame appears to be a tool in encouraging children to lose weight. The link to those advertisements can be found by clicking HERE. Advertisements shaming children about their weight are more likely to encourage bullying, depression and low self worth, than weight loss.

Do you think shaming and instilling fear or guilt is likely to make someone lose weight? If so, why?

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Suzanne is the owner of Food, Mood and Attitude. Suzanne is passionate about sharing healthy messages about how we relate to food and our bodies. Life is too short too worry about big bums and diets that don't work.

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8 thoughts on “The Diet Voodoo Doll: The Latest Technique In The Fight Against Obesity”

  1. Oh Suzanne, that’s ridiculous. In fact I find it hard to believe. As a personal Development Consultant I can tell you with a definite ‘No’ that sustained change does not occur through guilt, shame or any other negative means. Many of the people I see have problems related to being hard on themselves, berating themselves, etc, because no one responds well to negative treatment. This type of behaviour is outdated and unwarranted.
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  2. Gosh that is a worry. I wonder who designed that? Imagine if a person was secretly having negative thoughts about them self and was then given this doll as a joke. I rarely react to much these days but this left me feeling a bit uneasy.

    1. I don’t know who would waste money buying this sort of thing. It might be someone who thinks they could actually use it for motivation to stay on a diet or maybe it’s something people give to someone else as a joke present. I think a lot of people who buy joke gifts may not realize the joke is funny to them but not to the person who receives the gift. Regardless of the reason behind buying this doll, it’s disturbing.

  3. Hi Suzanne, that’s full on! Especially shaming children for being overweight, and yes that will encourage bullying and obesity! Your statement “I have to question why there is a viewpoint that instilling fear, shame or guilt is likely to motivate anyone to lose weight” is so true…I couldn’t agree more!!!!

    Fantastic blog, it needs to be read by more people!
    Lots of love
    Nessie
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    1. Thanks Nessie! It’s really sad to see that they think advertising like that will create positive change, especially when they are targeting children. Hopefully they won’t get the same idea in Australia to put ads out like that!

  4. WOW! that is ludricous! and the sad thing is they will sell because some brain-washed consumer will buy into the twisted message! :( I believe that getting into your comfortable shape is a journey of slef-love and respect, not negativity, guilt or shame that’s for sure!
    big love x Kylie
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    1. Absolutely Kylie! Self respect and love are more likely to encourage people to make changes (if they need to make changes) to their health, whether that may be physical or emotional, than shame!

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