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Jun 19, 2013 11:09 AM

Eloquent Article on "Food Shaming"--We don't do that on CH, do we? :-)

I know on CH, at least on the L.A. board, that plenty of food snarking occurs. Some is in good fun, but some may cross the line into "food shaming". I found the following opinion piece to be very well written (by a 17-year-old high school senior) and hopefully an interesting topic for discussion here...

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  1. Great article and unfortunately very true. I'm thin and if I turn down dessert people make me feel like I have no right to because I'm thin enough.

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    1. Brilliant! On another thread I questioned why some people have to yuck other people's yum. I just don't get it.

      Thanks for sharing this.

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      1. re: alwayshungrygal

        I think I might have spotted your phrase "yuck other people's yum" in another thread and have started using it. It's brilliant.

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          Thanks but I didn't create the phrase. I'm quite sure I discovered it somewhere on CH a few years ago.

        2. re: alwayshungrygal

          I don't know where we picked it up, but we've used "Don't yuck my yum" in our family for years. It's great when I'm eating something offal (pun intended) and the kids make a face...

        3. I think that teasing out food shaming from other issues is pretty critical.

          The salad eating/noodle disliking author - she admits herself to having being smug about eating mega healthy - but that doesn't seem to me specifically to be about "food shaming" specifically. Rather unfortunately typical high school "mean girl" type behavior.

          I wish that she had expanded her focus on shaming behavior and not just food shaming. Or that she had taken more ownership about how her friend perhaps felt that she was shaming her over the burger - because in the past she had been smug about food choices. Perhaps directly to this girl when eating a burger.

          Also - if you live by a strict diet (be it vegan, strict kashrut observance, multiple allergies, etc), there comes a point where you may have to accept that people will avoid eating with you at certain times. If there's an snout to tail tasting menu - and you're kosher/a vegan, it can hardly be called shaming to not being invited. Now if you're a vegan and your parents insist on doing an all pork menu for Thanksgiving - then it becomes fair to talk about shame exclusion.

          1. Well, as far as being a victim, I honestly don't give a rat's ass what people think of what and how I eat, whether I am sticking to my diabetic diet or blowing it with the WONDERFUL Lobster Alfredo I had last week!
            Now as far as being a bully, I don't care what my friends eat when we go out, but I do admit to being a "homemade food snob" here on CH. While not attacking any person in particular, I have made my feelings known about pre-packaged processed foods in general and boxed cake mixes in particular.

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            1. re: PotatoHouse

              Yes, but you don't tell people who admit to knowing Uncle Duncan and Aunt Betty that they are inbred cretins who should be banished to some windswept rock in the Aleutians and fed only wonder bread and gatorade till their dying day.

              1. re: PotatoHouse

                There's a film, who's title I'm totally blanking on, where they talk about a group of friends bonding over the things they had in common but more importantly the things that they mutally hated. I think that CH is a great place for people to bond on various "food snob" issues - and if others seek out such comments just to feel "food shamed" about....that sounds like a whole other basket of issues not having to do with the food snobs.

              2. there is food shaming.. a lot of it. food there is no bad food only bad eaters.

                I was asked in an interview "what should be done about the obeseity rates among people today"
                I said "that is the wrong question to ask because while you are standing there fatshaming the one one chubby kid in class there are four girls class who everyone thinks are perfect that are starting down a road of disordered eating of resticted eating binging and purging anorexia and food issues that will damange thier bodies and mental state just as much So the issue is How we as nation veiws food and eating"