'Food porn' linked to obesity

HIGHLY stylised attractive images of food trigger the ‘hunger hormone’ ghrelin, potentially contributing to the obesity epidemic, a conference has heard.

Sydney GP and author Dr Helena Popovic said the “food porn” which surrounds us on billboards and in glossy magazines act as supernormal stimuli, leaving our brains dissatisfied with the real thing.

Ordinary food  cannot compete with the “air brushed, glamorised, glorified images that you get in food porn”, she told the second annual Australian Eating Disorders

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