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Sitophilia is a paraphilia in which individuals, called sitophiles, are sexually aroused by food. They may be aroused by the sights, sounds, or smells of foods. They may also be aroused by eating food themselves or by watching other people eat. Sitophiles may also be aroused by situations involving food, such as cooking or visiting a restaurant. Some sitophiles also use food during sexual interactions to achieve sexual gratification.
In most cases, sitophilia is a fairly harmless paraphilia, and sitophiles learn how to achieve sexual gratification in appropriate ways. For example, they might eat food off of the naked body of a partner, use foods such as chocolate sauce to enhance sexual activities like oral sex, or masturbate with foods.
However, if a person feels their sexual arousal around food is interfering with daily tasks, such as preparing meals or eating out, they may seek therapy to manage the condition.
It’s also important to note that using foods during sexual play can pose a risk of infection. It’s important to wash thoroughly after food play to minimize the risks.
Food play can also be a healthy part of any sexual relationship. Feeling a desire to play with food during foreplay or sex does not make you or your partner a sitophile.
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