Food is a religion since it’s often based on uncritical blind belief. Just like you don’t bad talk someone’s mother, you don’t the food they love to eat, even if it’s poison, even if it keeps them sick… They don’t see it that way. You do not down-talk any food or anyone’s addictions. People will fight to their death to defend their addictions are healthy. Since there is science that pretty much substantiates every hypothesis in every debate, they will find the science to prove what they eat is normal, natural and necessary. Case closed, move along now.
On finding compassion. Food is another coping mechanism we use to deal with stress or realities we cannot handle. Like a drug, we anesthetize with our food. Our food choices can also be how we keep physical illness from expressing itself. Food can act as a much needed symptom suppressant whereas healthy food can highlight what is wrong with us so we know what is wrong and that it is being healed. Our foods also could be symbolic of good times in childhood. We remember the happy days in spite of all the sad days. Food was the one thing we might have used to forget the sad days and remember the good ones. We learned early on that food takes the emotional pain away, so our food choices sometimes can be emotional. Our food addictions are also tied to our parent’s feelings and dogmatic attachments to it. This is why we defend our choices to our death. Just like how a mother cow will try and kill anyone trying to take her baby away, we will behave with similar vigor to defend our food choices.