…why oh why are you showing diet food commercials? Are people who are interested in haute cuisine really that eager to sign up for Nutrisystem? Why do I never see commercials during your show for fine cookware, top-notch kitchen appliances, or even other food-related shows?
And while we’re at it, why is every other commercial on the Food Network related to losing weight? Do we really need Jenny Craig because we watch Ace of Cakes? Honestly, the calories do not jump through the television straight onto our thighs. I have watched any number of shows on that channel, and not only have the ones about ‘healthy’ (read: ‘very low-calorie,’ because as we all know that’s the one and only indicator of health) failed to make me lose weight, the ones about gooey desserts have not made me fatter still than I already am.
Keep the diet commercials to the diet shows. Me? I’m going to hit the mute button as soon as I see Gillian Barbieri, Marie Osmond, Wynona, or Valerie Bertinelli. Special K gets the same treatment.
When I’m watching entertainment about good food, that’s what I want to think about. Great food. Not pre-packaged, frozen or freeze-dried, bland diet food programs. If I want to eat healthier, then I’ll concentrate on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and cooking techniques that keep the maximum nutrients in those delicious foods.
After all, I watch shows about food because I like food, not because I fear it.