Writer s.e. smith on a culture of food hatred:
Food is sinful, it’s evil, it’s a temptation, and you must resist it. That’s encoded in the language people use to talk about food today, as something they need to defeat rather than something neutral, with the assignation of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods based on the latest fads about dieting and fat. The United States has targeted fat as an enemy and food as its troops, and this attitude is so pervasive that many people experience pressure to hate food and to develop a very harmful relationship with it.
She raises the concern re women being largely “burdened with the responsibility of producing food for their households” and suggests addressing food issues is not an easy fix:
I don’t know how to fix the broken relationship to food in the US. It’s a complicated issue that’s clearly going to require generations to fix, and many of the people currently working on it aren’t thinking broadly enough. Foodies claim to be reasserting our roots and taking food back, but they ignore how food interacts with marginalised populations, for example.
So add s.e.’s voice to others recently concerned about our potentially whacked relationship with food. Pardon the pun, but definitely food for thought.
HT the Fat Nutritionist.