The term “Food Porn” has been around for about 10 years. This expression “Food Porn” deserves to become more popular.

I define pornography as something created and marketed to titillate human pleasure centers (almost always to enrich the purveyors) while offering no redeeming effects on the body, mind or soul of the consumer other than a temporary, short-term satisfaction of the more base human appetites.

food-pornFood porn, then, is food which has been calculatingly created and marketed to satisfy our food lusts while offering little to no benefit—and usually harm—to the body, mind and soul.

Our fast food is usually food porn, as is much of the food found in our chain restaurants. Our supermarkets, however, are also brimming with food porn. If you can imagine a supermarket layout in your mind, I would classify the great majority of items in the isle sections as food porn (the stuff on the periphery tends to be more good than bad—think whole foods).

Food porn, like common porn, takes the basic form of something good, but in reality it is something artificial, fake and full of illusion. I know you know what the common porn is trying to simulate, but what food porn is trying to simulate is simply real food.

Take bread. Bread is good, right? You know, the staff of life? I invite you to go and look at the list of ingredients of 90% of the varieties of bread in the center isles of your supermarket, which I insist are not bread at all, but food porn.
www.utahpeoplespost.com/opinion/2986/the-other-pornography

Great description. I could not write it better. Congratulations!

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Just as Porn is fake unreal sex, food porn is unreal food.

“Food Porn”  has become prevalent in the last 50 years, and led to the greatest health epidemic on earth: obesity, diabetes, coronary heart disease.

No real-world greasy fat-dripping Big Mac looks as sexy as this beauty on this food porn advertising photo! Unreal beauty to seduce like photoshopped porn stars.

If the casserole is missionary style, food porn takes its devotees into the foodie kama sutra.  It glistens. It drips. It uses props. It is both lusty and intimate. For those who partake, it is an obsession. skinnygourmet.blogspot.com/2008/02/what-is-food-porn.html

Food Porn just as damaging to society as Sexual Porn?

There exists another pornography just as insidious as the common kind, and just as damaging to society. The only difference is that we’ve societally accepted this other kind wholesale. Nearly all of us partake of it, and dare I say, are addicted to it.   www.utahpeoplespost.com/opinion/2986/the-other-pornography

I  beg to differ! 30% of the population overweight and suffering from disesases, premature death and early retirement due to disease., This is just as damaging as porn?

Food Porn (junk food with no nutritional values) kills Millions per year. Does Sex Porn kill Millions of people every year?

Repression of sexual Porn is a puritan religious crusade. I don’t want to get into detail if sexual Porn might even be positive (sex education, rape prevention, psychological outlet). Or if it is neutral. Or, maybe it is really detrimental for family life and for wasting  valuable time. But damage is very unclear. Sexual porn is very unlikely to take lives or to totally destroy the health of its “addicts’ like diabetes or heart attack would.

Food Porn (junk food) is proven to be the worst public health menace we have.  Together with lack of exercise, it causes obesity and diseases in a major percentage of our children and youth. Food Porn causes serious diseases and death in adults. And Food Porn reduces quality of life due to overweight and obesity.

I like to call this other pornography “food porn,” because it shares all the major characteristics of the more common pornography—except for the shame, that is. While common pornography is still something partaken of in dark, secretive places, there is nearly nothing so mainstream as food porn in the United States and in good ol’ Utah Valley.  www.utahpeoplespost.com/opinion/2986/the-other-pornography

Here we have the problem. Religion and society wage war against fairly harmless sexual pornography. And the pandemic obesity, the killer #1 in most “civilized” countries, carries no shame. Nobody is ashamed of eating a Big Mac, even if the eater is clearly obese. On the contrary: McDonalds and Coca Cola stock are excellent investments. And they help to increase  medical cost and thus help medical enterprises to have more profit too.

More about Food Porn

Food porn is a provocative term variously applied to a spectacular visual presentation of cooking or eating in advertisements, infomercials, cooking shows or other visual media, foods boasting a high fat and calorie content, exotic dishes that arouse a desire to eat or the glorification of food as a substitute for sex. “Food porn” specifically refers to food photography and styling that presents food glamorously or provocatively, as in glamour photography or pornographic photography.

In the United Kingdom, food porn is usually acknowledged as advertisements where food is presented in an ‘arousing’ manner, for example; with water dripping from it in order to imitate a person with sweat dripping from them.

In the United States, food porn is a term applied when “food manufacturers are capitalising on a backlash against low-calorie and diet foods by marketing treats that boast a high fat content and good artery-clogging potential”. The origin of the term was attributed to the Center for Science in the Public Interest which began publishing a regular column called “Right Stuff vs. Food Porn” for its Nutrition Action Healthletter in January 1998.     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_porn

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  1. Female evolutionary Superiority in social manipulations causes feminist Language Distortions’ universal acceptance | Human Stupidity: Irrationality, Self Deception says:

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    [...] parties are advertisers, McDonald’s, and the parents.  In analogy to a little known term: Food Porn arouses Lust for Food with No Nutritional Value I coined the term “Child Food-Porn” (Junk food advertising) makes our children obese [...]

  2. Rape Laws: dismantling of due process explained step by step | Human Stupidity: Irrationality, Self Deception says:

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    [...] “Child Food-Porn” (Junk food advertising) makes our children obese & unhealthy [...]

  3. Chas R. says:

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    Eating foods that are not nutritious is a total waste of money

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  4. Kalpana Rajagopalan says:

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    According to old saying we are what we eat, our diet represents our personality and I think that we should gather enough information about the stuff we ingest in our system for this may cause a big problem in our health as well as in our pocket.

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  5. Patricia says:

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    “Food Porn” is right, it is this mass production of food that is what has caused the corruption of even the “Right Foods.” The whole system is even more corrupt than what we could ever imagine and here in the states it is the FDA who is to blame. They will approve anything to the higest bidder, corruption, sex,food, oh and not to mention a slow death.
    Thank you,
    Patricia

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