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I Don't Like Eating Infront of People

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    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 22-25, M May 23

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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 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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    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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    I thought I was the only one

    and felt crazy. It makes me nervous and self conscious.
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 23

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    From Stress And Assaults

    when I get stressed I sometimes get overwhelmed and this problem comes and goes of feeling too nervous to eat with people. I shake and its like a panic thing. I feel embarased and it started as a swallowing phobia as a teen and would come and go. I had a few near choking...
    IceEntice IceEntice 36-40, F Dec 15, 2012

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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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    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 Nov 29, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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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    I don't like to eat in front of people

    because I'm afraid they are gonna think I'm a pig
    bluegirlie98 bluegirlie98 13-15, F May 23

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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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 18

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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 3 Responses Feb 27

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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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    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 13-15, F Jul 16

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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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    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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    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 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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    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 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 13-15, F Jun 16

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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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    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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    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
    JalenFrankie616 JalenFrankie616 13-15, F Jun 18

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    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

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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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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