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09th May 2013

Love To Share Snaps Of Your Food? This Psychiatrist Thinks You Have A Problem

There's something more to it than you just being a fan of Instagram...


Are you somebody who takes photos of their food? Well, one psychiatrist thinks you have a problem.

According to the leading expert, people who take photos of what they are eating or cooking and post them online could be ill, Huffington Post reports.

The trend is called “foodstagramming”, annoyingly enough, and it involves snapping a shot of your food before adding a filter to make it look better than it actually is and posting it to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites.

The social media trend has been banned in some restaurants as it was seen to be annoying.

Dr Valerie Taylor, chief of psychiatry at the Women’s College Hospital at the University of Torontom says documenting your food intake like that can be a problem.

“I see clients for whom food has become problematic, and they struggle to go out and not have food be the key element of all social interaction: what they eat, when they ate, when they are going to eat again,” Dr Taylor told the website. 

“The concern becomes when all they do is send pictures of food,” she said.

“We take pictures of things that are important to us, and for some people, the food itself becomes central and the rest, the venue, the company, et cetera, is background.”

Taylor argues the images can result in an unhealthy relationship with food.


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