The Problem with
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
I recently stumbled upon an interesting blog, and I thought it was worth sharing. The title of this entry is “The Problem with Food Porn.” The blog is one feature of the Anti-Diet Project, launched by Kelsey Miller. She describes the project in her own words: “The Anti-Diet Project” is an ongoing series about intuitive eating, rational fitness, and body positivity.” You can follow Ms. Miller’s work on Twitter and Instagram by looking for hashtag The Anti-Diet program. If you are curious to see how the program got started, you can find more information by Googling “The Anti-Diet Project.”
Ms Miller says that her goal in starting the Anti-Diet approach was to develop what she called “healthy eating without dieting.” She introduces “the intuitive eating approach,” which she describes as “food neutrality. Food is neither enemy nor best friend. It's neither the worst nor the greatest part of your day. It's meant to fuel you and to be enjoyed — not avoided or worshipped.”
Ms. Miller says that as she began observing her Instagram feed regarding the anti-diet concept, she observed that she had done a great job at stopping the avoidance and self-criticism around food, but, in the process, it seemed that she and many others had inadvertently flipped the switch toward another extreme. Food pictured on the Internet, and indeed in many other media sources, was anything but neutral. It was all glammed up, and it was everywhere.
In a certain light, all these colorful and tempting pictures of food represented almost the opposite of my [Ms. Miller’s] mission: the glorification of food rather than a natural, neutral relationship with it. It was unbalanced and unhealthy; though she posted plenty of nutritious foods in the mix, the sheer volume of these needless, pretty food pics was the problem. She said that though ‘I'd shaken off so much of mainstream culture's disordered thinking around food, this was one area (glamorized pictures of food) in which I'd gleefully participated.’ In this way, I was still using food unhealthfully, whether I realized it or not.”
So, this made me [Sue Ellen talking here now] think. As I am spending a lot of time, at times, scrolling through healthy, diet, non-gluten, foods on Pinterest, or whatever kinds of sites devoted to the collection of delectable recipes, even if now “healthy,” am I just “adjusting” my addiction while maintaining my undue focus on food? Am I really changing my ways: my focus on food and eating? I had not thought of this, but now I find it “food for thought.” (Sorry, I had to do that!) What do you think? Could it be something like “moderation in everything?”
At any rate, I think Ms. Miller’s other “anti-diet” material is also interesting. You might want to check it out.