Food porn

I’m going to take a step back and explore idolatry from a different perspective.

The most prevailing theory now in obesity research is the concept of food reward.

Basically, the concept of food reward is based around the hedonic pleasure derived from taste. This hedonic pleasure derived from certain foods short circuits the brain, much like an addiction, and encourages increased food intake. The main offenders are foods that have increased sugar/starch, salt, and fat in certain proportions which send signals to the brain to continue eating.

Potato chips are one of the best examples because of the prevalence of starch (the potato itself), salt (copious amounts), and roasted or baked in fat (usually vegetable oils). They are a notoriously addictive food, and there are even marketing tactics around this fact. Lays — “Bet you can’t eat just one.”

Just as marketing is fixated around the sexualization of men and women, so too the food industry is fixated around making food as addictive as possible. After all, they want you to buy more because that means more money. This is one of the inherently negative aspects that all capitalistic societies[1] manifest: greed.

Gluttony is simply one form of how greed manifests. This is why obesity is ugly.

[1] Socialist societies are negative for other reasons.

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4 Responses to Food porn

  1. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I will confirm that potato chips are addictive. It is hard to stop. You may be on to something and a solution to overeating presents itself. Also, the lack of need for preparation is part of it.

  2. Looking Glass says:

    While Food Reward is important, let’s also not skip over two very important points.

    1) The massive replacement of Fat with Sugar in store-bought food.
    2) The massive rise in access to food. (Food supply, in modern countries, is at all-time highs.)

    Much of the “good old days” weren’t that humans were suddenly more virtuous. It was survival necessity that kept a lot of negative impulses in check. Those that couldn’t would, historically, end up dead in short order. Human Nature hasn’t changed. It’s just “cost” has been removed for many in society, thus we find out where people really do end up, when left to their own devices.

  3. @ LG

    Yeah, caloric density has increased as nutrient density has decreased. It’s crazy to be malnourished and obese.

    Humans always get into trouble with idleness. When you have money and food to take care of necessities, you get a lot of sinful desire related activity.

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