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I Don't Like Eating Infront of People

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    In Front Of Others

    I have been asked this question.  I actually don't mind or care eating in front of people.  I don't have any phobia when it comes to this.
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F Sep 10, 2011

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    Please Dont Watch Me

    i feel like people are focusing on my mouth when im eating in public. i have a partially numb lip, i have not had feeling there since i was around 12 years old. i have no possible way of knowing if i have sauce or a crumb on that part of my mouth. every morning after the guys i...
    funnygirl527 funnygirl527 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 30, 2011

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    I Dont Like People Staring At Me While I Eat

    Let me eat in peace.It makes me uncomfortable when people watch me eat.I always feel like people are judging me when I eat.I would rather just eat by myself.I hate when I eat enough to fill me up then people go you need to be eating more than that.I hate people asking me what I...
    fitnessbabe fitnessbabe 26-30, F Sep 29, 2012

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    Gross

    I don't like eating in front of other people because I am afraid that they are staring at me & wondering why in the hell I am eating in the first place. I just "know" they are wondering, "Why is that girl eating?! She is too fat to be eating anything. She...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 17, 2007

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    It's Weird...

    And it makes me feel self conscious. One of my pet peeves is getting food stuck in my teeth. I kind of feel like it's an intimate/private thing to do and I don't really get why people 'connect' over food. To me, I kind of feel like the food is a distraction from the 'mingling...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 17, 2013

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    I Eat Alone

    i eat alone in my office and if someone comes to talk to me, i rarely continue eating. and i kind of resent it if they stay for a long time. i think about my food getting colder and colder. lol. i also eat indian food a lot for lunch and that is with my hands and bread. a lot...
    kittten kittten 46-50, F 2 Responses Feb 9, 2008

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    Mastication!

    Good, now I have your attention! XD On with the story: I prefer to eat alone. It makes my family look at me like I'm some kind of weirdo. Which I am! :D But yeah, if we're all going to sit down for a meal, I'll hang around in the kitchen or in the doorway. My...
    Emptysoul30 Emptysoul30 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 14, 2009

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    I Just Dont Feel Comfterable

    Always when I eat in fronf of other people I just think about their toughts - look at her, does she really need that? hasn't she any shame? it would be better for her to drop that sandwich... So when I'm arount other people I'm usually not hungry and I could last like that whole...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 4, 2010

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    How It Started, Why It Continued

    It started about three years ago, for me. I had an eating disorder. "I don't eat in front of people" was a perfect excuse for why I wasn't eating, period. And as I began to adopt disgusting disordered habits (like chewing up food and then spitting it out), the dining process...
    SpazzAvalanche SpazzAvalanche 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 6, 2010

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    Eating

    I never minded eating in front of others.  If we eat all together, I am okay.  I have a problem eating in front of people when I eat alone and I feel like theirs eyes are constantly watching me.  I don't like being watched when I eat and others aren't.  If I'm...
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F Sep 9, 2010

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    Can't Eat In Front of People

    I have no idea why :S The only people I can eat in front of are my family. Even with friends I can't eat in front of them. If I do it takes about an hour to chew a single bite...I feel really self conscious, especially if I'm sat across from them and they could watch me if they...
    temporaryhappiness temporaryhappiness 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 23, 2009

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    Food=poison.

    I have been battling with many issues including anorexia/bulimia for many years. I can't stop, & I don't want to. But sometimes I wish I could act a little more normal about it so people wouldn't notice. But I can't eat in front of people, even if I'm hungry and want to eat, it...
    painkiller96 painkiller96 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 12, 2011

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    Shy

    I never eat at school because I feel fat and I'm afraid of what I look like eating like if I'm a pig so I eat in private usually. I eat infront of my family and I don't like it.
    holyflapjacks holyflapjacks 13-15, M Jun 27, 2012

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    It Jus Feel So Weird

    i don't like to know that while im eating someone is looking in my mouth i seriously lose my appetite after that....i always tend to find a nice closed in area to eat my food at peace...and plus im selfish with sharing my food with others...some may see you going down on a good...
    kaylajames77 kaylajames77 18-21, F Jan 13, 2012

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    It Makes Me Nervous..

    I always feel like someone is watching me as I eat if I eat in front of others.. I can feel their glaring eyes on me and I get nervous.. I don't look at other people as they eat. I just like to eat in silence and with no one watching.. I don't think that is a problem.. It's...
    Beautifulimperfections Beautifulimperfections 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 29, 2012

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    Don't Look At Me... I'm *eating!*

    It used to be really hard for me to go out an eat in public, sitting there alone, trying to look busy reading a paper, etc. But it started to seem very silly to me that I should feel funny about something that is so biologically neccessary. Everyone does it, and there are many...
    Cinderelly Cinderelly 36-40, F 4 Responses Sep 7, 2008

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    Excuses...

    I never minded eating in front of people until I saw myself as fat. I always indulged in whatever I was offered. When I started feeling like I was fat I began not eating infront of people because I thought they were judging me. Then it became the perfect excuse to continue my...
    Gisbon Gisbon 22-25 1 Response Aug 9, 2010

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    Delish Disaster

    Whenever I'm out eating at resturant I'm fine until someone has to come and sit near me!! I know they are thinking " eat fatty.. Taste good don't it?" The way my double chin looks when I chew is soo nasty! I always end up taking my food to go and can't wait to eat again...
    wannabehappy2day wannabehappy2day 18-21, F Mar 3, 2011

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    A Bit Self Conscious I Guess

    I do eat in front of others but I always feel a bit uneasy. Well not really uneasy just self conscious. I sit up in the chair, one arm/hand in my lap when I'm chewing. Don't talk a lot especially when I'm chewing. I'm also usually the last one finished. Others, mostly the guys...
    Josie06 Josie06 56-60, F 1 Response Oct 20, 2009

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    Chipunk Face

    Growing up, I always thought I was alone with this problem. The only person I'll eat around is my brother- he's 8 and he's too busy shoving food in his mouth and on his shirt to pay attention lol. I never grew up in eating. Like, I still push food around the plate to make smiley...
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 6, 2012

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    Closet Eater

    It is a strange thing. When people are around me, I dont really like to eat much, unless I'm really starving. There could be lots and lots of delicious foods, but I can only eat a little. Graze. However, when I am all by myself, my appetite can be insatiable. Maybe it's a...
    m8gnolia m8gnolia 31-35, F 7 Responses Sep 21, 2007

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    Uncomfortable.

    I do eat in front of people, but when I do I don't eat as much.  I eat a lot slower than everyone else.  My mom told me that I eat like a lizard.  She says I stick my tongue out to grab the food.  I probably do.  Then, other people say...
    BellasHappyPlace BellasHappyPlace 18-21, F Dec 28, 2009

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    Being Judged

    I used to not eat at school and avoid going out to eat because I hated in front of people. I still hate it, but I am not as worried people are judging me now. I always thought people were staring when really they weren't.
    shellzz shellzz 18-21, F Apr 2, 2013

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    Eat Weird

    I have always kind of hated eating in front of people. Like if i feel someone watching me and I'm about to take a bite i begin to eat weird. I like being in small comfortable places where there's not that many people around. It also depends on where I'm sitting, Because i could...
    Rose255 Rose255 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 20, 2011

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    Judged

    I always feel like everyone is watching me eat and judging me. "shes so fat she doesn't need to eat" "Ewww she is eating so fast, what a pig" "does she even chew?" "she needs to skip a few meals"
    2bperfect 2bperfect 22-25, F Jan 8, 2013

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    It's Getting Better

    I've never been keen on eating in public and I tend to feel very self conscious about multiple things, but I'm a lot better now than I used to be. I think some of the reason behind that is having more self esteem these days, so I'm not paranoid about the people around me judging...
    EnglishGentleman1984 EnglishGentleman1984 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 29, 2013

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    A Childhood Trauma

    It's the oddest thing... And it begins back when I started junior-highschool. I never had trouble with public eating before, until my first lunch with my fifth-grade class. I was the quiet nerd, so already I had no friends, and I was bullied all day long. I thought that...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Feb 15, 2009

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    I Hate It!!!

    I don't know what it is but I just hate eating in public. I always think people are scrutinising the way I eat and laughing at me, I know it's stupid - I don't eat like a caveman or anything, don't make noise's and don't make a mess. When I first met my husband it took me ages to...
    AWUK AWUK 26-30, F 6 Responses Sep 20, 2007

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    People Judge Me!

    I hate eating in front of people because they verbally judge me.  I am underweight and everyone assumes I am anorexic. People at work are terrible with my weight and what I eat. They keep track of what I eat at work and comment on what I am eating and how much I am eating...
    autotelic autotelic 26-30, F 5 Responses Oct 2, 2008

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    I Hate It

    My sister once told me that I chew and swallow really loudly and ever since then I've felt really self-conscious about eating in front of people. I didn't like eating in front of people before that too and I think that was because I was worried I'd leave too much food on...
    UnseenBlossom UnseenBlossom 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 19, 2008

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    Because Of Eating Habits

    I eat in weird positions. Mom says I look like a caveman who was dying from hunger. I'm not sure if she means my long hair covering my face as I look down at my plate [which I can lick occasionally], or the speed of eating. I usually eat fast because if I'm not hungry, I'd rather...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 27, 2009

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    It Freaks Me Out to Eat In Front of Those I Don't Know.

    If I don't know someone, then I have a very difficult time eating in front of them. Sometimes I actually have a hard time swallowing my food. So I will take tiny bites, and they always comment, "That's all your eating!?"  It irritates me... Yea, I'm hungry... just...
    TheOtherMe TheOtherMe 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 4, 2008

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    It Started At School

    i distanced myself from all of my peers by the time i was 7 and they never included me in anything outside the class (when they had to.) i remember the first time i didn't want to eat around others was when i just started puberty and i always used to sneak my lunch into the...
    firewithoutendx firewithoutendx 22-25, F Jun 19, 2013

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    Freaks Me Out

    I have had eating problems for ages... but the worst is when there are loads of people in a room all eating - I just can't bea to put anything in my mouth at all. I'm not really sure why, I guess I just panic about how much I am supposed to eat as I have never known what is a...
    sapphiresky sapphiresky 16-18, F Dec 19, 2007

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    The Looks

    I hate eating in front of people, it makes me so anxious! So anxious to the point that I eat at home with a mirror in front of me so that I can see if I look disgusting when I eat a meal - and it turns out that I don't. I eat perfectly normally... But once I get to school...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 14, 2013

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    Very Uncomfortable

    Growing up we never ate together, we would eat at different time in areas of the house. The only time we would eat together is if we ate a restaurant or we had a party of some kind. My sister the hater would always have something to say to me when we would alll eat together, "Eat...
    babydoll73 babydoll73 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 27, 2012

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    I Sure Don't

    I don't like eating in front of people. It used to not bother me, and has only recently gotten worse. I'm not even sure why. Nothing has ever happened to me that would make me care. It kind of just started out of no where. Not sure why. All I know is that when I'm in the break...
    lacedup77 lacedup77 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 14, 2012

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    A Crowd

    I don't mind eating in front of my family or boyfriend, a few people. It becomes a problem when there is a crowd. I prefer to sit in the booth at a restaurant, so less people will see. I wouldn't eat in a food court anymore, that's for sure.
    jessicalynn88 jessicalynn88 26-30, F Nov 23, 2013

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    Eating In Front Of Others

    Eating, it's necessary to eat to live. Unfortunately for me, I've developed a love/hate relationship with eating.  I love food, but I hate eating food in front of people.  Especially on holidays, such as Thanksgiving.  On Thanksgiving, everyone in my family pigs out, saying...
    pinkcorsage pinkcorsage 18-21, F Nov 21, 2012

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    Lunch At School Was A Nightmare

    I HATED eating lunch at school because it felt like everyone in the cafeteria was staring at me. I knew they weren't but it felt like it. When I was sitting at a table with someone who did not like me for some reason and glared at me the whole lunch period did not help either. I...
    BlankPage123456787 BlankPage123456787 70+, F 2 Responses Dec 29, 2011

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    Dont Like It And Wont Do It

    its not so much that i dont like it i just cant eat in front of others, i have this phobia of people staring at me and in a dinner situation people will at some point look at me and it freaks me out and makes me all self conscious. only people i can eat in front of is my mum...
    Ranunculus Ranunculus 18-21, T 1 Response Nov 16, 2010

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    You Know You Are My True Friend If I Will Eat In Front Of You.

    I get so freaked out eating around new people. I think they are judging me on everything from manners, to what I am eating. Did I get something on my face? Is there something in my teeth? Am I eating too fast? Too slow? Too little? Too much? What are they thinking? Do I look...
    prncesspain prncesspain 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 3, 2011

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    Painfully Shy

    I have serious issues with anxiety and shyness. I think this might be one of the ways it manifests itself in me, not wanting to eat in front of people. It's really strange. If people are around, I just don't eat. Simple as that.
    Kailasa Kailasa 16-18, F Nov 20, 2007

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    Can't Eat Infront of Anyone

    I Just can't, dunno why not I think that I just feel so greedy if I do and then just feel even worse than I already feel about myself!  It's like a fear!!! then wen I have to sit with friends and there all eating Im just left with my water lol ! I dont mind though, Im...
    SekritObsession SekritObsession 18-21, F 2 Responses May 14, 2009

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    I Will Not Eat In Front Of People At School

    I have social anxiety .. and its pretty bad. I won't eat lunch at all since I don't feel comfortable at all. I always feel like everyone's watching, judging me, I really should eat lunch, I'm already loosing too much weight. I cant, I really cant. School lunch sucks as it is, so...
    Fawkyourfaceqt Fawkyourfaceqt 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 19, 2013

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    I Don't Know Why

    I always feel so awkward... I don't know why. Nobody seems to have an issue eating in front of me. My sisters/poochies are the only ones I don't mind eating in front of. I mean, who cares what they think............. I was going to make this a longer story about feelings and...
    kleisse kleisse 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 13, 2009

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    The Awkwardness Of Eating

    I dont like eating in front of people because i think im being stared at or watched for something.. and it makes me feel very uncomfortable.. it makes me think about life, like the very deep things about life and how things happen and i just hate the awkward feeling because it...
    HeartAndWings HeartAndWings 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 1, 2013

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    Private Dining Only

    Since I was a teen, I felt that eating was an activity that should be done in private. I've always been a poor eater, though. When I was a girl, at the dinner table, I used to put the food from my dish into my pockets when no one was looking, then throw it outside. I eat...
    xiaomei xiaomei 26-30, F 11 Responses Mar 16, 2009

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    Expecially People Who Stare At You While You're Eating

    Okay, I hate when people look at me while I am eating. It is so annoying.  For example this morning.  Like every Sunday I went to the laundry mat, oh such joyous fun! I was starving!!! So I went to Jack in the Box.  I was just sitting...
    J21883 J21883 26-30, F Dec 21, 2008

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    Years Ago, I Was So Afraid of ...

    Years ago, I was so afraid of eating in front of people that I never did. I didn't eat in front of friends, I didn't eat in front of family. I had to be isolated and alone. That was shortly before I actually ended up being anorexic. It was all a control issue. I couldn't control...
    eyes eyes 31-35, F 4 Responses Nov 17, 2007

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    I Hate Eating In Front Of Others..

    I couldn't find a picture to best describe what I am thinking, but this is close enough to a point. I do not like eating in front of others. About the only people I will eat in front of and not have a problem are my parent's. I can't help but wonder what others are thinking...
    purplebutterfly14 purplebutterfly14 18-21, F Apr 29, 2011

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    Loony Bin!

    I think I've let it get out of hand, it's gotten so bad that I barely see any friends any more, because all they ever want to do is go to dinner. I absolutely hate going to restaurants. The whole thing just makes me nervous. I can barely take it when we have family over to our...
    starsoffire starsoffire 18-21, F May 30, 2012

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    I Get The Mental Picture Of Everyone Having Snipers WHILE I Eat In Any Restaurant

    i am eatin in a hotel ... have my burger , fries n coke..... jus wen i think i can gobble it all up .... i seee people all around me in adjacent tables ..... okay so should i eat like this or like that ... small bites or big ones .... should i take bite from my burger and fires...
    vipinkadavil vipinkadavil 22-25 1 Response Oct 6, 2011

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    Piece-by-piece.

    I have never been able to eat food "like a normal person," as I'm sure most eating disordered people have in common with me. I don't know when it started or even why. There are just ways of eating, so normal to every day society, that I can't bring myself to do.If I make a meal...
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 9, 2012

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    When I was dating , I would avoid eating in

    front of a someone if possible. When not possible I would eat but I am sure I looked kind of awkward for being uncomfortable. I just don't like the whole look of eating lol I do eat now in front of my husband of course. I still hate it sometimes. I try to be as lady like as...
    ashless ashless 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 27

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