It’s come to my attention that I’m not the brightest 😆. I had this crazy idea that I’ll write my next blog post when I list everything in our stores. The reality is, I don’t think I’m ever going to catch up with listing everything so… I’m being extremely counterproductive 🤦🏻♀️. When I created this blog, the plan wasn’t to post once a month, but apparently, that’s what’s happening. Putting my foot 🦶 down; no more!
There’s a topic I wanted to write about that is probably going to ruffle a lot of feathers and anger many, considering its viral popularity. I’m referring to mukbang. If you’re not acquainted with this term, it originated in South Korea and, from what I understand, it started out with people recording/live-streaming themselves eating a meal. It was a way to help people experiencing loneliness, as it resembled you sitting down with someone to eat and interact with. Now, it’s a whole other monster. These videos have turned into gorge-fests of insane amounts of food.
Unfortunately, these videos are part of my Instagram algorithm, so they show up as recommended for me, but I hope in time they will be filtered out.
My issue with these videos is the ridiculous amount of food waste happening. We are talking about one person eating the amount of food that could feed families, in one sitting. Whether these people actually ingest or just spit it out and edit it is another story, which I’m not diving into, but food waste is food waste. Costs of almost everything, including food, have risen along with shortages, so these people are just adding to the problem.
When I was a kid, my family was poor. We lived in one of the low-income, dangerous areas of the city. Food wasn’t always readily available, and there were times when I was so hungry that I actually ate paper just to stop the pain in my stomach. No, I didn’t have Pica (an eating disorder of consuming non-food items), it was just the only thing within my reach. I only did it a couple times, but that was my reality. So I understand what it means to be without food, as well as to appreciate the food you are given. So when I see these people consume so much, I can’t help but cringe in disgust at their greed. How many hungry people could that have fed? Sure, many mukbangs feature unhealthy food, but when you are starving, those cheesy noodles or that cake could still fill the void and give you energy.
What I would love to see is these people buy these large quantities of food, prepare it, and instead of shovelling it in their faces, distribute it to those who are more in need of it. The human body only needs so much food in it to thrive, so going beyond that is pure gluttony, greed, selfishness, etc. I just can’t fathom these people that do this. I know they do this for views, which turn into money, which honestly makes it double disgustingly greedy.
I know: “It’s their money, they can do what they want.” and that’s 100% true, but this is food we are talking about, sustenance that keeps a human alive. This isn’t using your money to buy a purse, a luxury car, etc. Those aren’t necessities.
It just frustrates me that people are being glorified for wasting food, and more and more people are joining in.
I’m going to say it again. It’s disgusting 🤮!