Food Media

Food Media by Josh Black

Food Network has a variety of shows ranging from how specific foods are made, to culinary masters facing off in a cooking battle about whose “cuisine reigns supreme”. With our nations average person being overweight and a large percent of the population being obese, how much impact does this Food Network really have on our health, and what message is this network telling us about our nutritional habits.

Paula Deen is known throughout the country as the “Country cook”. She is wild, energetic, extremely entertaining, and has no problem throwing in pounds of butter and sugar into her dishes. With all her cookbooks and TV shows, Paula has become an American icon in the food industry. All in all it is great to watch and be entertained while watching Paula, yet many viewers come to a sense of sweet tooth craving, whereas after seeing a delicious and elegant caramel cake being made, one seeks out to find a source for sweetness as well, aiding in unhealthy eating habits, not to mention if one is cooking along with her and throws in as much butter as she does.

Although Paula’s recipes are delicious and very popular, they are not a healthy choice for most Americans. Each culinary genius has their own spin on traditional dishes, but it may not always be for the healthier benefit. While most people watch Paula for her entertainment, the natural instincts of craving are real, and are exposed during such broadcasts of mouth-watering food.

On Food Network Nighttime, they house shows that do not emphasize how to eat healthy, in fact, a majority of the shows are of candy, snacks, cake, and excessive portions of food. “Ace of Cakes” for example, emphasize mind blowing cakes designed for specific themes, and “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” illustrates the best places around the country to go to get the most delicious, (and usually largest quantity) of a specific dish. Generally speaking if one were to sit at home on the couch and watch such shows, a majority would go to the cupboard and grab a snack. On a normal “9 to 5” job, many peoples metabolic activity slows at night, causing the excess food eaten, to not be “worked off”. These added treats at night, while watching shows that illuminate yummy desserts and treats only aid in the obesity that consumes our country.

As entertainment within the food media grows, we can only hope the obesity rate does not trend with the ratings of the network. With the new addition of activities readily available around the home, one can only hope the affects of watching delicious foods prepared by culinary masters is combated by physical activity, and not supplemented with a treat. More shows with emphasis on chefs competing against chefs, such as “Iron Chef America”, and “The Next Food Network Star”, the Food Network can aid their viewers by providing a different entertainment than just advertising meals during the late night hours, and reducing the risk of their viewers to grab something to eat to suppress their cravings.

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