I Don't Like Eating Infront of People

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    Its just awkward for me.

    Especially if I am the only one eating, then its even worse. I hear every crunch of my food and I think others can here me masticating because it seems so obscenely loud. Also I'm always worried I will get food stuck in my teeth and have a big green blob of something in my...
    TryingToLoveLifeNow TryingToLoveLifeNow
    22-25, F
    Jun 18, 2014

    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

    Last year this thing got

    so out of hand that I couldn't even take a bite of the thing I ordered so I stopped eating when I was with my friends. I would eat when I was home alone, when when I went to a restaurant or a cafe without someone with me, i felt like the waiter was spying on me and judging me...
    shawnqueen shawnqueen
    26-30, M
    May 23, 2014

    I Actually Love It But ...

    I will eat anything in front of anyone (!) but there is one thing I cannot stand. I have a colleague at the office who always wants to know what you are eating for lunch.  She will come to stand in front of me to examine what's on my plate and then say something like "...
    womaninbliss womaninbliss
    51-55, F
    11 Responses Sep 28, 2009


    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
    18-21, M
    Jun 27, 2012

    It's uncomfortable They stare

    and some Of your food
    lorrena19 lorrena19
    22-25, F
    Oct 5, 2014

    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...
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Sep 20, 2007

    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...
    deleted deleted
    6 Responses Mar 16, 2009

    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
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Feb 27, 2014

    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
    1 Response Dec 29, 2011

    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

    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
    May 6, 2012

    I eat like an animal,

    so when I'm told to take my elbows off the table i feel like everyone can see me stuff my face and it makes me anxious.
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Apr 14, 2015

    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

    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
    31-35, M
    Nov 29, 2013

    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

    I don't like to eat in front of people

    because I'm afraid they are gonna think I'm a pig
    deleted deleted
    May 23, 2014

    My preference is to eat alone.

    The only person I am comfortable eating around is my father because he knows me very well. I am a very picky eater, and I get embarrassed eating with other people. I worry that they will offer me food that I will not like, and I do not want to be rude by not accepting their...
    s4019t s4019t
    31-35, M
    Oct 4, 2014

    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

    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
    1 Response Oct 6, 2011

    When I eat , I feel a complete pain in my

    stomach , I thought it was my body getting use to all the starving I did months ago,but....I'm starting to think it's something else
    sliencewhisper sliencewhisper
    18-21, F
    Jul 16, 2014

    I hate eating in front of others.

    It feels like I'm just shoving food down my throat and they're just like what the **** lol
    thepunchline thepunchline
    16-17, F
    Jun 16, 2014

    I don't really feel comfortable

    when I eat in front of other people. It's not that I care about how much fat, oily or unhealthy it is that I'm eating but because I feel really awkward when they look at me. I'm not sure whether I will ask them if they want some and might feel offended by it or should I just...
    riversong21 riversong21
    1 Response Jun 12, 2015

    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

    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

    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

    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

    It's so hard.....! Eating in parties,

    in cafeteria at college, outside with someone, in a restaurant and everywhere outside of my home... So uncomfortable. I think I look so ugly while eating and what if there's something in my face 😥😩 I would look so dumb and stupid!! And I hate when people look at me or...
    AtsukoJun AtsukoJun
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 23, 2014

    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
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 1, 2013

    It's not like I don't like eating in front of

    everybody, but I just don't feel comfortable eating with anyone except my family and my close friends. I always feel like other people are going to comment on the way I eat, the food I eat, I'm just afraid of those comments.
    eclairec eclairec
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 16, 2014

    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

    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

    No Direct Line Of Sight

    I remember a short story by Ray Bradbury, about a man who had never been observed eating. When confronted about this, he admitted to a phobia, and it was his only paranoid indulgence. He simply didn't like others seeing him eat, and he refused flatly to do it. Of course, it...
    auroramaru auroramaru
    46-50, F
    1 Response Aug 13, 2011

    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


    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


    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
    May 9, 2012

    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
    4 Responses Feb 15, 2009

    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...
    likelittleflowers likelittleflowers
    26-30, F
    Jun 19, 2013

    I like to eat in private.

    .. that way I can stuff my fact ASAP like the... idk that I am.. If you eat in public then you have a eat all slow and prim and proper and respectful and Slow like a normal polite human being.. which I am not.. "To Go" please.. :D actually I'll just cook at home or eat some...
    PastelLime PastelLime
    3 Responses Oct 1, 2015

    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

    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
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 19, 2013

    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

    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
    Jul 17, 2013

    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
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Aug 6, 2010

    Oh my gosh I thought no one else thought this.

    I hate eating at all so eating in front of people is the worst. I just feel like everyone is judging me. My cousin and close friend always get mad at me when I don't eat and try to make me but I just won't
    deleted deleted
    Jun 18, 2014

    It's so uncomfortable,

    u have to worry about not chewing like a cow or with ur mouth open.
    orangeapes orangeapes
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 5, 2014

    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
    Jul 14, 2013
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