Is “Food Porn” Making Us Fatter?

It may seem like a ridiculous claim, but that’s what television personality Dr. Oz argues, on a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show. During the episode, he poses this question to three respected food personalities: Top Chef judge Gail Simmons, restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and food blogger Amanda Simpson.

Dr. Oz argues that “like the sexual kind of pornography, food porn whets your appetite in ways you have never imagined, allowing you to lust after the orgasm of the perfect bite.” He also suggests that looking at food porn can become an addiction, even bringing on a “food porn victim” who spends 6-8 hours a day looking at food porn, and who gained 20 pounds in two years. (She also happens to own a cupcake business.)

All three of Dr. Oz’s foodie guests strongly disagreed with his claims. Blogger Amanda Simpson dismantled his argument by noting that, even while maintaining her blog Food Porn Daily and writing a cookbook, she’d managed to lose 110 pounds through diet and exercise.

Gail Simmons argued that a person can be a regular food porn viewer and healthy: while we occasionally indulge in junky foods, we can eat healthfully most of the time just by thinking about what we put into our bodies. (If you want to see the entire debate, you can watch “The Dangers of Food Porn” on Eater.com.)

Tell us in the comments: which side of this debate do you fall on? Could looking at photos of elegant, unhealthy food entice us to eat poorly, or is Dr. Oz just looking for an over-the-top argument? Could there be any harm in spending a few hours gazing at photos of delicately-frosted desserts and carb-laden entrées? Do you look at food porn?

(via HuffPost)

 

 

 

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26 comments

Michael A.
Michael A.2 years ago

TY

paul m.
paul m.3 years ago

Yes the Doctor is right...I had an affair with a cake , I put on two stone , all the cake just wanted too use me for my body ,,,,

Dale Overall

"...a “food porn victim” who spends 6-8 hours a day looking at food porn." Intriguing concept. Who has that amount of time of look at food photos?

If one spends hours looking at delightful log cabins is that cabin porn? Owning a cupcake business may certainly add on the pounds if one is tempted to sample and taste test.



John B.
John B.3 years ago

Interesting supposition. I don't watch TV but do read a lot of cookbooks and magazines for food articles so I guess that might make me an addict. Although I can only eat 6 very small meals a day and am on a very restricted diet I just thought I was enjoying the food vicariously as I only weigh 110 pounds.:~)

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

Food porn?!

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey3 years ago

Those food photos are designed by Food Stylists, not actual chefs. The dishe are designed to look pretty but cannot be created by actually following the recipe. For example: the roast chicken or turkey. In the photo they are perfectly browned and look so moist. In reality, the Stylist uses a raw bird and a small blow torch to produce the delightful looking color. That is what you see in the photo a raw bird with blow torch marks.

They even use hairspray to give some foods their gloss.

Marie W.
Marie W.3 years ago

Food porn- what a catchy thought.

Heather M
Heather Marv3 years ago

I think all of those commercials on tv brainwash us into wanting the things they put there. Otherwise why would they put them there? Food for thought. Yes I do believe it affects us. "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Don't watch the ads!

Liz Edwards
Joan Edwards3 years ago

I can see where seeing a lot of commercials on TV about food could make you hungry. But to be honest, seeing whopping hamburgers oozing out all kinds of crud and a mountain of fries does not do it for me at all. It actually makes me gag. If I am watching TV I mute the sound when commercials appear. That way they can't annoy me so much and I won't be bought in to all the shit they try to sell us these days.
Food porn? Funny but unreal. Just plain old commercialism.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

good question