What's the Deal with Our Unhealthy Food Fascination?
Last year, Twitter started a tradition of publishing a "Year in Review," a look at the hottest tweets, topics, retweets, and stories of the year, including a category on food.
It represents reckless abandon
In my private practice work, some of my clients are able to make the connection that the draw toward super unhealthy foods is really about the desire to throw caution to the wind and feel completely carefree. Most of us deal with so much responsibility in our day-to-day lives, including circumstances we can't change. It's human nature to look for an outlet, and let's face it, fantasizing about (or actually eating) decadent foods has become a prime way to escape reality.
It's part of pop culture
Every era has its trends in fashion, music, and food. If you're not old enough to remember Crystal Pepsi (a.k.a clear Pepsi), check out this commercial on YouTube and the Saturday Night Live parody. Keeping up with what's new is amusing, and as much as I cringe at things like fried Kool-Aid, it's fun to be "in the know."
It makes us feel good by comparison
Finding out that a drink size is larger in volume than the capacity of an adult's bladder can make you think, "I am not the worst eater in the world." Unfortunately, the more egregious the trend, the healthier you may feel, even if you're not! On that note, here's a link to one more of my favorite skits that pokes fun at our over the top tendencies: SNL's Taco Town.
Cynthia Sass is a registered dietitian with master's degrees in both nutrition science and public health. Frequently seen on national TV she's a SHAPE contributing editor and nutrition consultant to the New York Rangers and . Her latest New York Times best seller is Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches.