Food Porn Dilemmas: Balancing Artful Imagery and Real-World Attainability in Social Media

Healthy fall and winter breakfast set. Acai superfoods smoothies bowl with chia seeds, pomegranate, sliced banana, fresh figs and hazelnut butter.
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Presented by Food & Nutrition Magazine? and moderated by Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RDN, EP-C, founder and CEO of Capitol Nutrition Group, this FNCE? session will explore “food porn” psychology — including how different representations of food may affect consumer perceptions and the potential unintended consequences of glorified and exaggerated food imagery. Owner of Marci RD Nutrition, Marci Evans, MS, CEDRD-S, LDN, CPT, will draw upon recent studies on social comparison theory from the disciplines of behavioral science, physiology and marketing research to juxtapose a bombardment of over-stylized or glamorized food photography with concepts related to self-image. Regan Jones, RDN, founding editor of HealthyAperture.com, will address why consumers are drawn to certain representations of food, explain how to consider a balance of artful imagery and attainability, and discuss pressures that RDNs may feel about using food photography to stay visible and relevant among a sea of food bloggers and social media stars.

Join us Sunday, October 21, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. in Ballroom BC. We might even feature one of your comments from the survey!

Take Our Food Porn Survey!

What kinds of photography do you use to convey healthful, delicious and nutritious foods to consumers? Whether selecting images for a website, patient handout or social media post, what are the drivers behind your decisions?

Visit sm.foodnutrimag.org/FoodPhotos and spend a few minutes sharing your insights on food photography. (Survey closes September 30 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.)

And hey, we’re not above bribery! Complete the survey and enter to win a T-fal ProGrade 12” Non-Stick Fry Pan — reinforced with titanium, featuring a unique Thermo-Spot? heat indicator and oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Food & Nutrition Magazine publishes articles on food and diet trends, highlights of nutrition research and resources, updates on public health issues and policy initiatives related to nutrition, and explorations of the cultural and social factors that shape Americans’ diets and health.