This morning as I watched a classic episode of Sex & the City I started to think about how bombarded we are with images of beautiful women indulging in beautiful food. The women of Sex & the City regularly meet up in glamorous cafés and retro bars sipping the latest alcholic drink or digging into a good hot breakfast. Yet somehow these women stay fantastically beautiful and fit. It sends conflicting images to women - yes you can have this beautiful food - but in reality, many of us struggle to realize that we must temper that with exercise and a predominately healthy diet.
The same glamorization of food occurs in a lot of movies and shows - just think of Sofia Coppalia's Marie Antoinette, or the more modern Gossip Girl that also has chic young girls throwing cocktail parties or snacking at uni cafés, or even the average McDonald's advertisment.
Indeed, it can also be argued that the media glamorizes unhealthy eating habits. In Western society, we are fascinated with competitive model shows, Victoria Beckham's latest collapse and other celebrities that represent disorded eating behaviors.
Whatever the habit may be, it is undeniable that the media plays a pivotal role in presenting food to us. Which raises concerns regarding the extent to which the media's glamorization of food influences us? And how are we, particularly women, supposed to reconcile the mouthwatering images of food with a healthy lifestyle?