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Old 07-13-2011, 12:16 PM   #16  
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I think I completely understand your sentiment...there are SO many TV shows now that are about food and traveling to eat food, and eating tons of it. I know I have to "laugh" at myself too sometimes ecause I've absolutely engaged in terribly destructive eating behaviors that a lot of those challenge type shows remind me of. Especially Man Vs. Food. I remembering joking with my husband once when a fairly large man couldn't beat a challenge that he was doing with Adam, the host of the show. If I remember correctly, it was some sort of breakfast burrito? Anyway, I turned to my husband and said, "man, all they really need to do is get a bulimic in there!" I never purged during my battle with bulimia, but I sure could binge with the best of them. I find myself thinking often when I catch those shows on tv that I could have easily eaten the quantity of food--maybe not in the time allotted, but quantity, easily.

I really try hard not to watch these shows, I mean yes, they are entertaining...but they are very triggering to me. And also, I worry about tuning in and being part of the huge percentage of people in which are becoming desensitized to this type of mentality where eating like this is ok--a challenge, even. Maybe once in your life is fine--but to make a habit of it, I think really speaks to how much respect you have for your body...and I think as a nation we are getting farther and farther away from the healthy food relationship/healthy body equation. I just try not to be a part of it--but, again, I do completely understand where you're coming from.
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