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Definitely do not change “abstinence” to “moderation” as suggested by “Alternative to Abstinence” (March 2019, p. 26). Moderation implies that we can eat like normal people. We are not normal eaters and never will be.

Ads for drinking alcohol and gambling in casinos end with warnings to practice these activities “responsibly,” in other words, in moderation. Ads for food do not. How many times have we seen a restaurant proudly advertise their “super-size” sandwiches, or a snack company’s encouragement to “give into your cravings”? These urges to food are not suggesting moderation, but total indulgence.

Abstinence is the most important thing in our lives without exception. Let’s keep it that way.

— Carol C., Cincinnati, Ohio USA

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