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Your favourite competitive under-eating thread

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StillCoughingandLaughing Sat 30-Nov-19 14:06:52

We’ve had a couple of doozies lately - the woman who was told her Morrison’s jacket potato should fill her up for the rest of the day and was unreasonable to cook a roast after a ‘treat lunch’; the woman who thought her husband was ordering too much pizza and

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AnneLovesGilbert Sat 30-Nov-19 14:08:46


Footiefan2019 Sat 30-Nov-19 14:09:02

The two pizzas for five people or whatever it was thread ? Absolutely hilarious 😂 I worked in a food place for ages and the amount of women (always women) that would say ‘oh just a small portion, oh I couldn’t POSSIBLY manage all that’ in an OTT, almost scripted way was astonishing. Quite sad really.

spacepyramid Sat 30-Nov-19 14:12:36

The person who goes out for a meal with others, orders a meal for smaller appetites (but has a starter and a dessert) and then says 'I couldn't possibly eat the amount that they will eat' and, when out for a day, makes a big thing of how they don't eat lunch because 'nobody needs to have lunch'

StillCoughingandLaughing Sat 30-Nov-19 14:13:49

Grr angry accidentally hit the post button.

The ‘Too much pizza?’ poster got mainly sensible answers, but a vocal minority seemed to think her husband was single-handedly causing an obesity crisis.

My favourite ever was the woman who gave her husband tinned soup and bread for dinner and was mystified when he went out for chips. ‘It was a whole tin of soup!’ she wailed, joined by those gasping ‘I could NEVER eat a whole tin of soup!’

What are your favourites? Have I missed any classics?

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Themyscira Sat 30-Nov-19 14:14:06

Well I haven't eaten much today but I'm hungover and feel iffy. Does that count?! Maybe I should start a thread.

Footiefan2019 Sat 30-Nov-19 14:19:38

I’m a size 8 and I had a memorable customer, not a big woman, average sized say a 14, go on about how her husband ordering dessert and how it’s greedy and she doesn’t know how he can ‘ram all that food in!’ As if I was going to agree with her. I happily told her I eat what I want when I want and that normally means dessert when I go out to eat. She looked flabbergasted. Like anyone who is not ‘overweight’ (whatever that means) eats like a bird and hates those that eat more Than them. Weird

Bluntness100 Sat 30-Nov-19 14:20:20

Meh I don't see these as competitive under eating. People's views of a healthy diet are so skewed now. If you don't pig out you're apparently under eating.

The roast /baked potato thread the poster cooked a massive roast with all the trimmings for basically her and a small child. Not many folks would do that. They'd wait till the whole family wanted to eat. Nothing wrong with it, but It certainly wasn't the case people were saying she should only eat a baked potato all day.

And the pizza lady was suggesting ordering a sensible portion for the five adults. Sure I'd order more as I'm a feeder, but simoly because some folks didn't think a large pizza each was the way to go, doesn't mean they are competitively under eating.

Much more concerning is the over eating threads, where six donuts is a portion and posters are encouraged to binge eat as much as possible.

Lovemenorca Sat 30-Nov-19 14:22:42

Some people don’t each much
Some people struggle to grasp that concept and see it as competitive under eating
Very odd

Footiefan2019 Sat 30-Nov-19 14:24:02

I’ve never seen threads on here where people encourage pigging out ? Discussing comfort food or what to eat when hungover which might be not exactly the healthiest stuff but never seen people encouraged to eat loads

Bluntness100 Sat 30-Nov-19 14:25:03

Well footie fan, hang about, because the competitive over eating ones are very common.

meredithgrey1 Sat 30-Nov-19 14:25:06

joined by those gasping ‘I could NEVER eat a whole tin of soup!

Is it always necessarily competitive though? I couldn't eat a whole tin of soup with bread, but it doesn't make me feel superior to say so. Those people were presumably just answering the question on the thread.

53rdWay Sat 30-Nov-19 14:25:34

There was one a while ago where the poster's mother/MIL made one small sandwich for her and her toddler to share for dinner, and people piled in with "that would be PLENTY for me, OP, don't you WANT to teach your child normal eating habits???"

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe2726 Sat 30-Nov-19 14:26:58

I think Mumsnet is packed to the rafters with women who are eating-disordered. This place is like a Mecca for them too. No thread, even an OW one, fills as quickly as discussion of a woman eating - too much, too little, being stopped from eating what she wants - it's bizarre and a bit sad.

Bluntness100 Sat 30-Nov-19 14:27:16

"that would be PLENTY for me, OP, don't you WANT to teach your child normal eating habits???"

That's also not true, people agreed it wasn't enough and suggested to eat at home or bring lunch if she knew rhe mother in law didn't cater properly.

53rdWay Sat 30-Nov-19 14:27:44

That's also not true, people agreed it wasn't enough

Many people did. Plenty of others did not.

myduckiscooked Sat 30-Nov-19 14:28:34

I had 2 different breakfasts out this morning. They were absolutely delicious so I am not generally a competitive underwater by any standard but if we order pizza we get one pizza a side of chips and 5 chicken dippers for our family of 5, ages 8-15 with 2 adults and there is always 1 or 2 slices of pizza left. I’d probably have been guilty of thinking 2-3 pizzas are loads for 5 adults.

IHaveBrilloHair Sat 30-Nov-19 14:29:33

The sausage and mash one was good, also cereal being shit in a box and peas being sugar bombs.
I love MN food threads grin

myduckiscooked Sat 30-Nov-19 14:30:46

Underwater nope I mean undereater

IHaveBrilloHair Sat 30-Nov-19 14:31:00

Oh, and the carvery one where someone had three Yorkshires.
The roast potatoes at Christmas ones are great, not seen one yet.

Raver84 Sat 30-Nov-19 14:31:31

There's a women at my work who constantly comments on what we eat in the office whilst she goes on about her 2 hour running jaunts a day and enjoys an orange but no cake. She likes lentil dinners. She has the problem.

Bluntness100 Sat 30-Nov-19 14:32:11

This thread is like those where someone starts one saying "does everyone on mumsnet earn six figures because that's what they claim on the income threads"

No they don't. We all know they don't. And no one was saying half a sandwich between an adult and a child was enough for lunch. No one.

As said I think people's views are so skewed on healthy eating now that if you're not ramming your face with a 14 inch pizza you're under eating. Or if you're not cooking a full roast and all the sides for basically just yourself then your starving yourself and something is wrong with you.

Elphame Sat 30-Nov-19 14:32:19

Some people just don't eat much.

I'd order a small main too if I wanted a starter and dessert. I really couldn't manage a 3 course meal with a full size main course. It's actually not unusual for me to order a starter for my main.

I guess I shouldn't mention that I buy one of those deep pan 10" pizzas that Sainsburys sell on the deli for DP and me to share and there is usually at least some left over...

Alrighteo Sat 30-Nov-19 14:32:55

I'm a picker. But the kcals add up during the day. On the low side of a healthy BMI.... I just dislike that feeling in your tummy where it feels distended and stuffed and bloated after a huge meal. I'm far happier eating until I've had enough.

Socksey Sat 30-Nov-19 14:34:02


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