Would it be easier to stay away from junk food if we called it something else?
It’s obviously a derogatory term, but the meaning has been hijacked by pop culture to the point that most people think of it not as commercialized crap but as a guilty pleasure. (It’s easy to scoff at somebody else’s Pop Tart fixation, so long as nobody messes with your Twinkies.)
For me, it helps to think of it as “industrial food” because that strips away the marketing glitz and all the pop culture tie-ins and reminds me that this is basically food made in a factory, as cheaply as possible.
That doesn’t have much of a ring to it, though. What if we called it fabricated food, or industrial-grade human filler? (I was going to type “human fuel,” but that would imply that this crap has some sort of nutritional value – which it rarely does.)
Any other nominations?