Greetings Soylent people. I am currently doing some research for an article I’m writing that is about meal replacement diets, psychopathology, and (tangentially) Soylent. Full disclosure: I’m eagerly awaiting a shipment of Soylent myself, so I have a positive perspective on the whole idea. However, I feel like the general public is in severe need of education about what meal replacement diets are trying to accomplish. To that end, I’m trying to determine if in the medical community there’s any research out there about individuals who hold a “neutral” attitude toward food/eating, specifically people who “do not derive pleasure from eating,” and if there is, whether that attitude is viewed as an “undocumented” eating disorder in the DSM, or in the absence of such research, should be thought of as an enduring (read: unconscious/involuntary) behavior, like asexuality.
Do any of you have a neutral disposition toward food? Is the prospect of meal replacement diets attractive to you because of this disposition?
To give a fuller idea of what I mean by a neutral disposition toward food, here’s a summary of other qualities I’ve noticed about people with this attitude (myself included):
You don’t derive pleasure or pain from eating food; you’re more or less indifferent to the activity; you may experience pleasure from the taste of food or the satiety it provides when it’s eaten in the same way that sexual stimulation (say for an asexual) might be pleasurable if she were to experience it, but any pleasure you get from eating doesn’t override your indifference toward eating food in general. Furthermore, you may express preferences about certain types of food, food flavors, textures, and so on, but your food-specific preferences also don’t override your overall disinterest in eating.
You aren’t necessarily unhealthy, that is, nutrient-deficient, out-of-shape, obese, suffering from illnesses that affect digestion, etc and you also don’t seem to be suffering from psychological traumas (as far as you know or have been apprised).
You don’t seem to have an irregular appetite.
Any thoughts you have, or points of research you think I should check out would be much appreciated!
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