Monday, May 4, 2015

Food Porn and the Brain

Recently I received a call from a young woman who was quite excited about food porn. “I can get a hit from all the foods I love without eating any of them,” she said excitedly. Because her mother was less than delighted about the time the young woman was devoting to food porn, however, she had decided to ask my opinion about any long-term disadvantages. Food porn is nothing new—food pornographers having been around for decades—although some who are unaware of this think food porn is the latest and greatest and newest craze. (And of course there are food-porn websites.) Food porners say food porn is a way of imagining, of drooling over food you love, of pretending that you are indulging without actually doing so or at least managing the amount you eat. (Good luck!) One told me, “There’s no downside to food porn!” Hmm. My brain’s opinion is that there is a downside to almost everything, especially when used inappropriately, out of balance, or taken to the extreme. More tomorrow.

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