Proposal: Fitness & Nutrition

I incorporated many of the suggestions surrounding this proposal (discussions tab). After reading the discussions and consulting industry professionals, I updated the title and description to be more descriptive of an expert "fitness" site.

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I disagree with this update.

This scenario is synonymous with the difference between ServerFault and Stackoverflow. Both have to do with solving problems with computers. However they reflect two distinct even if slightly overlapping disciplines.

Nutrition and Fitness are two related but separate fields with their own experts. There may be some overlap between these groups of experts, but in my experience the expertise is mostly separate. On the one hand there's dietitians and nutrition experts. On the other hands there's physical trainers--the folks I'd expect to meet at the gym. Most importantly, if I asked my dietitian to recommended an exercise regiment, she'd tell me to consult with a physical trainer. In the same way that if someone asked me, a programmer, what kind of server should we build to run the production code I wrote I'd tell them we should consult a systems admin

As Ivo says in one of the other discussion threads

Wouldn't it only be the physical exercise part of weight loss? And sport nutrition, but surely not: what should I feed my 2 month old baby?

A true Nutrition only site might cover the latter, but as for this site strays greatly from the original definition. I don't see anything in the new definition that limits the discussion to the physical fitness side of nutrition.

It would make a lot more sense to have a site called "physical fitness" with diet related questions related to working out on topic and keep the opportunity for a Nutrition only site to rise up on its own.

  • Yes, they are specialist, but the experts disagree with you. You are saying that the two subjects should be separated and handled in isolation from each other. Anyone interested in "general fitness" would only be able to ask (and answer) half the question because other half would be explicitly off topic and on another site. That would not be a very comprehensive and healthy community. Mar 1, 2011 at 15:19
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    ...and down-votes in meta mean only that they do not agree with your statement. Please do not take such activity personally. It's okay to vote "I agree" or "I disagree" without having to explicitly type it out. Mar 1, 2011 at 15:20
  • @Robert I might agree with the idea of including nutrition that supports exercise goals, but there's a lot of nutrition questions that massively expand the scope of the original proposal such as the "what should I feed my 2 month old baby" or "what kind of breakfast should I eat to be more alert in the morning" or "what could I eat to improve my vision"?
    – Doug T.
    Mar 1, 2011 at 15:32

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