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Foodstagramming Is Apparently a Problem

Taking pictures of food is a fun way to share with friends and family what you ate.
Taking pictures of food is a fun way to share with friends and family what you ate.

We are all guilty of whipping out our phones to snap a photo of our food at dinner, then making it look artsy and hipster before uploading it to Instagram for all our friends to see, secretly hoping they will be jealous of the delicious meal we are about to consume.

While many restaurants are banning customers from snapping photographs of food while in the dining room due to the obnoxious distraction it causes, a researcher believes this trend of instagramming pictures of food needs to stop for a different reason.

At the Canadian Obesity Summit in Vancouver a few weeks ago, Dr. Valerie Taylor said that when we post pictures on social media outlets, we are posting pictures of the important things in our lives. For those who only upload photographs of food, this shows that food is the center of their lives, leading to problems with weight and eating disorders.

Dr. Oz is also a supporter of the theory that "food porn" is causing our society to become more obese, as noted in a recent Huffington Post article.

However, just because we live in a society where we post photos of food we have recently eaten or of a dish we've made doesn't necessarily mean that's the cause behind obesity and eating disorders. Both problems have been around much longer than instragramming or tweeting photos of food.

Sometimes we take pictures of tea, not indulgent food.
Sometimes we take pictures of tea, not indulgent food.
Photo by Molly Dunn

The simple act of posting photos or looking at photos online does not make someone fat or obese. We can look at photographs of indulgent food and still eat something healthy for our next meal. Like Gail Simmons said on the October episode of Dr. Oz, food photography is nothing new; it has been around for quite some time, and to say that looking at pictures of food has the potential to cause weight gain or an eating disorder makes no sense at all. Who's to say that the only photos uploaded on Instagram or Twitter are unhealthy, too?

This trend of posting photos of food on social media outlets just shows how more popular food photography has become, and in our world today, it is much easier to quickly upload a photo of what you ate to share with your friends. If we put an end to photographing and uploading food on Twitter and Instagram, it doesn't mean we won't stop talking about food. Let's face it, food is a hot topic and we aren't going to stop talking about it.

Keep posting pictures of food and share what you love.



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