Do you ever eat food that is bad for you?
Not when I have a better choice. I think eating a low-carb or more specifically meat and only the carbs with a low-glycemic index to be the healthiest way to eat.
Why are you on a diet if you are trying to gain weight?
A diet is the usual food and drink of a person (dictionary.com). How can I not be on a diet?
What I think I am being questioned is �Why do I eat healthily?� or �Why do I not eat food that tastes good but is bad for you?� This has the inherent question �Why is it such a big deal to you that you are constantly watching what you eat?�
This is where morality steps in. It is a question of integrity. I think I have mentioned that man should act in a way that is good for him. This is another example of that. I choose my actions, and I choose to act in a way that results in a long, happy and flourishing life. If it is bad for me, I don�t like it. If it is good for me, I like it.
But, Keenan, isn�t it true that you love Godiva Chocolates?
Oh, yes, and I eat them occasionally. There are two results in this: immediate happiness and variety in diet. It is only when one over indulges does such pleasures hurt you. Remember the experiment in which saccharine caused cancer in rats? Later, we learn that the test rats were fed the equivalent of as many as 800 diet sodas a day. The moral of the story is don�t eat 800 chocolates a day. (And yes, I think if you are fat, it is immoral for you to eat such things.)
This is a good time to point out smoking. I have heard Objectivists claim smoking is immoral. It is odd that the person who defined Objectivist morality was a smoker and even went so far as to praise smoking. I also recall that when her doctor told her that smoking is affecting her health she put out her cigarette and never smoked again. Hmm, she lived to about 80. Interesting that she was so immoral.
Too bad for those Objectivists, they need to lose the �thou shalt not� and learn the �I can�.