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Posting food photos online could be sign of eating disorder

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   May 8, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Unless you're an actual food critic, frequently posting photos of food on social media could point to larger health issues, according to Dr. Valerie Taylor, the mental health chair for the Canadian Obesity Network.

Taylor spoke at the Canadian Obesity Summit in Vancouver Wednesday, said that although there are many types of people who post pictures of food, and many reasons to enjoy so-called food porn, there are some people who do it because food plays a substantial role in their lives.

"You don't take pictures of who you're with, you take pictures of what you're eating," Taylor said. CBC News reports that Taylor said people don't eat for nutritional value alone, but that the behavior can go beyond just being a foodie.

"For some people who have the predisposition for weight behaviours, it just goes that one step further, and they start to develop unhealthy weight disorders and they start to have weight problems."

Taylor's presentation at the conference was titled "Food Fetish: Society's Complicated Relationship with Food."

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