Thursday, July 22, 2010

Images of good food vs. A healthy lifestyle

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?


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  2. It's sad but it's so true. I wish McDonald's shot their advertisements at an average restaurant. Popular media tries so hard to make it seem like indulding makes you the beautiful person who deserves to indulge!

    I know your blog is just starting out but you're so professional in your writing. Keep it going : ]

  3. I think 'class' plays a large part as to how much the media's galmorization of food influences us. If you're educated and know the basics of healthy eating you know when you see Heidi Klume in a McDonalds commerical she doesn't eat Big Macs on a regular basis.

    However someone who might not have access to the same health information (and is younger) may watch shows that portray celebrities eating crap all the time and thing that is reality.

    ~ Harlow

    with sex in the city, they did show the women exercising quite often, which I felt was a positive message.


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