You literally can’t move on any social media platform without seeing someone’s What I Eat In a Day video.
And whilst I don’t doubt this was spawned out of the origins of #Fitspo on social media platforms - which were to inspire and encourage people to form healthier eating habits - this type of content does have the tendency to have negative impacts.
Let's divulge into how:
Human nature means we will compare what we have eaten to what the person on the screen is eating. If they claim to be eating “clean” or being “good” we judge our own diet as less than. If they are being “bad” or “cheating” and the food looks similar to what we may eat then we see ourselves as “bad” or “cheaters”.
This content is a snapshot of someone’s day and is very often not how someone eats on the regular - it can very often be staged.
What we, as the viewer, can’t take into consideration are extenuating circumstances; how much time they have to shop & prep their food, their hunger levels, their movement levels, what they actually *like* to eat… I could go on but you get my drift - everyone’s lives and tastes are very different and if we, for example, don’t have the time to create “Instagrammable” looking meals we then judge ourselves.
And lastly, but certainly not least, privilege; financial, social, thin, racial, cultural privilege all play a very important part in what someone eats in a day and that cannot be negated. To have someone talk negatively about foods that you eat can be shameful and stigmatising.
So whilst this content may seem entertaining and/or informational to some to many it can be problematic or worse, shaming.