Taking a stand against ‘food porn’

If I worked for a newspaper — which I do, but not when I’m writing these blog posts — I’d choose much “sexier” images to illustrate my topics.

The idea in traditional media is to draw readers in, and few things are more enticing than intimate shots of indulgent treats designed specifically for ogling — the equivalent of food porn.

I try really hard to avoid running sultry photos of decadent foods. Which sometimes leads to goofy images, such as this week’s vacuum cleaner to represent “premature inhalation” or last week’s geeky physics sketch to illustrate a “momentum reversal.”

Just think how much easier it would be to avoid temptation if our landscapes and airwaves weren’t cluttered with food porn.

Lately I’ve been trying to make sure our kitchen, at least, is a seduction-free zone, clearing the counter of packaging that catches our eyes every time we walk through.

In our “fit-fat” family (Colleen’s apt term), we have enough trouble controlling our impulses without these mini billboards planting even more seeds of desire.

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