Friday, February 18, 2011

Romanticizing Food

Far too often, people romanticize food. They have this romantic relationship with food and it's considered funny and normal. Well it can be funny and cute but, if you think about it, talking about food as if it was a person or a lover is just not healthy. Last thing I do on earth will be to eat this. Food is my best friend. Man vs food or women vs food. Cupcakes are my boyfriend. Or I looooooove (insert dish name here). And they don't say it in a way, like I love my tennis shoes. It's like, I loooooove it, as if it literally made lover to them. Or they have more pictures on their Facebook or blog of food than themselves or family, or they talk about it more than their own wife or husband or children. On a pedestal higher than most other things in their lives. Does this sound like you or someone you know?

If you talked about anything else like that, whether it was drugs, feet, or chronic hand washing, it would be considered some kind of mental issue or a fetish. Food becomes this strange exception even though obesity and cardiovascular diseases will kill more people than drugs ever will. It always seems like something is lacking, if they need to love something or be loved that much, why from something inanimate? That energy could serve a better purpose. Is it a cry for help? I don't know. People far too often mistake pleasure with happiness. Inanimate things like cars, food, toys can bring you pleasure not happiness. Happiness starts from within.

It's such a loaded and complex idea. This romanticizing and fetishizing of food. It only sounds funny and cute like I said, because it sounds childlike. Because children can fall in love with inanimate things, imaginary things, or escape into something when their world doesn't provide what they need. It's often hard to prevent the cycle of overeating when eating isn't just about surviving, nourishment, or even taste, but about being and feeling loved. We are making it something it's not. Personifying it.

A healthy body often starts with a healthy mind. Food can sometimes just be a symptom of other things. A person who says, all they need is food sounds like a very lonely person.
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