In this day and age, just when you thought that you’ve seen all kinds of weird Internet trends and then bam – you spot a plate of unsightly blob that people are advocating for. Not as a joke, but rather as a coping mechanism for people going through a downward spiral, mental health wise. Yes, it is a scientific fact that our diets and mental health are closely linked. Take a look at the past year, everyone was either eating a ton of junk food because they felt trapped being stuck indoors or reconfiguring a healthier diet because they wanted an #Iso transformation.
“Depression Food” is a whacky but thought–provoking trend that aims to provide a safe space for everyone to post sad memes and foods without an inkling of judgment from others. Usually posting pictures of weird food combinations, the quirky community was birthed from a mutual inability to cook up a decent, nutritious meal when your mental health is suffering. Hence, you get by with foods like pickles, oreos, eggs, leftover chips — to be put together on a single plate. Today, you’ll find Facebook group, Depression meals: gone wild, thriving with over 100k members commiserating over their odd food combinations. The meals posted don’t make any sense whatsoever but everyone supports each other – making jokes or applauding their bold food choices.
Let’s take a look at some of these meals, but fair warning, they might be a little unsettling for some.
A wholesome breakfast: Eggs, toast, and milk… but in one bowl
A water pie: Looks like a pie… but tastes like sugar water and cinnamon
A simple snack: Frozen pizza rolls… but with extremely buttery crusts
Now that’s a depression meal
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While some might think this is just weird, people participating in this wondrous trend find comfort in the bonds they build with fellow “Depression Foodies”. In times like this, social interaction of any kind can be so warm and comforting for the soul. After all, it’s just human nature to want to belong.
However, it does beg the question of whether this is considered a good thing, with the encouragement of unhealthy diet supporting a somewhat healthy cause. Even if it is just purely for laughs. Similar to Mukbang videos, studies have shown that group interaction with food can help to limit or encourage eating and help with loneliness for some but it might also have an adverse effect that causes eating disorders – binging or starvation.
Social media trends like this might seem harmless but the media is powerful at delivering unintended messages across without anyone detecting it. It is important to remember that even though the majority might not be affected, people suffering from eating disorders might get triggered.
The jury is still out on whether “Depression Food” might be detrimental rather than a gag — we reckon time will tell…