We are bound to give up things which are harmful to us. Using our free will to temporarily deny ourselves of a good and pleasant thing as an act or demonstration of love, conviction or empathy is praiseworthy. As an act of adoration, it becomes like a prayer. Liturgically, there are many feasts and blessings that encourage the appreciation of God's good food. Fasting is a common practice in the Bible as a means or sign of repentance. It is also a way of preparing for important events. Lent corresponds to the 40 days of fasting that Christ did before His public ministry.
I think the idea is to strengthen our mind over matter; curb our addictions so that we can become less hypocritical. Considering the criticism (some well placed) of Catholics these days, everyone should encourage lots of fasting this Lent. :-)
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