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Have you ever thought about what others see when they observe you eating?
There are many ways to consume food. A good comparison might be the gentlefolk at a Downton Abby dinner versus a frat boy pizza party (FOOD FIGHT!). There are a lot of unpleasant eating levels in between.
Here are some embarrassing eating habits for which those struggling with weight are negatively judged.
- Gulping down your food: I know I eat too fast. We should all slow down! It’s not that I’m necessarily ravenous at meals; it’s just a bad habit. I could claim that I grew up in a large family and there was a need to eat quickly before a sibling took the last dollop of mashed potato. I could also acknowledge that I shot up to 300 pounds because of too many last dollops of mashed potato
- Food thief: Do you lust after others food choices and snitch French fries or onion rings from their plate?
- Huge portions: Have you ever ordered the Lumberjack breakfast or the mile high chocolate cake – and devoured every bite? This is especially egregious if your companions order a poached eggs breakfast or have just a cup of tea for dessert.
- Mouth too open: Ever talk with your mouth full? Ugh
- Shoveling:Do you scoop huge portions of foods in your mouth all at once? Not a pretty sight.
- Sound effects:Oh, yes – we all love to have a meal with a slurper or loud masticator.
- Wear your food:Of course we all spill our food once in a while. But if the front of your shirt is chronically stained by drippy last smears of pasta sauce or blobs of mustard – wear a bib.
- Don’t take more than your half: Sharing a dessert? A great diet concept. But eating more than your allotted portion? Not good. BTW – if there’s a small portion of the dessert left on the plate and no one wants it, that doesn’t mean it’s yours to eat.
- Spitter:No doubt there is a correlation between too much food in the mouth and spitting on your meal companion.
Here’s the reality about overweight people doing any of the above food faux pas: If you are overweight, people do notice and YOU ARE NEGATIVELY JUDGED! It’s hard enough to have good self esteem without drawing attention to yourself by eating the last slice of pizza (after having had three slices already) or picking the crumbs off the plate of brownies.
What can you do about negative perceptions around your weight and eating? Easy answer: don’t be a part of any of the scenarios listed above. Pretend you’re Lady Mary on Downton Abby or – better yet – imagine there is a full length mirror next to the dining table and look at yourself!