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Do Tell: What Was Your Mother's Relationship to Food?

Do Tell: What Was Your Mother's Relationship to Food?

Did you "thin-herit" food issues from your mother?

According to a poll conducted by teen magazine Sugar, girls ages 12 - 18 said that their mother's eating and/or dieting habits and views on food were the biggest influence on their own relationship to food. It was found that if a mom diets, she's twice as likely to have a daughter with an eating disorder.

What was your mother's relationship to food? Do you think it has affected you positively or negatively?

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mlen mlen 7 years
My parents are both naturally thin, so they always kept portions a reasonable size. Soda was only allowed with pizza or spaghetti (for some reason they determined milk didn't go with red sauce lol) and dessert was allowed after every meal but in small portions as well. Every meal included a veggie, protein, and starch. So basically I had a good balanced upbringing. Now did it all rub off on me? Not exactly. I have a major sweet tooth, and I'm much more of a foodie than my parents are. But I rarely eat candy or drink soda and I still eat small portions. I do need to eat a bit more healthy but that's my own fault- I know what I should be doing! And since both my parents are thin, there was never an emphasis on guilty eating or feeling fat from eating or anything like that.
amofoz amofoz 7 years
My mom never had any problems with food. She has a great 50's style hourglass figure that she got complimented on all the time (and still does!) I'm naturally thin and growing up I never once thought about diets, calories, etc. Guess I have to thank my mom for that! :)
sham28 sham28 7 years
She was anorexic, so not good. I'm all right though other that guilty feelings if I've eaten a lot of carbs. Ha.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
My mum is overweight, and eats a lot. She has big meals and is a constant grazer. (Not to mention her love of meat of top of meat on top of meat on top of cheese) She also tries out fad diets, but refuses to exercise. I've picked up her grazing habits, and we would have massive meals at dinner until I put my foot down because I'd put on too much weight.
biarose biarose 7 years
My mum has a good relationship with food, but I still had an eating disorder.
fribblesandyoko fribblesandyoko 7 years
My mom had her ups and downs throughout life with her weight. When she was growing up as a kid she was overweight, then when she was a teenager she developed some form of bulemia. After she had me and my sister she put on weight and has struggled to get it off. I'm not saying she's huge but she's not as small as she used to be. I grew up having issues with food - but not with overeating so much, more trying to be skinny. Still have those issues...So I don't know if there's any correlation between my eating habits and my mom's.
medenginer medenginer 7 years
I grew up becoming anorexic. In high school I was 5ft 4 105 lbs and didn't eat breakfast or lunch most days. I would see my mother diet and skip meals. She was a size 8 after having 3 children. Junk food wasn't in our house. To this day I still obsess with becoming overweight.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
My mom was always healthy about food. In fact, I don't remember her ever lingering over her weight and/or diet. And yet, I still had an ED. Who knows how this stuff works?
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I love my mom to death, once that's clear. I hate the fact that she can eat EVERYTHING and won't gain weight. She is 56 and has the body of a 20 year old woman, even better than most. She doesn't even work out. The woman is so lucky that without working out every thing is on the right place, her ass, her legs are define, if you look at her you would think that she spends at least 2 hours int he gym. The fact that she is so lucky makes her have a good relationship with food. She is not conscious about her weigh at all, and has pretty healthy habits ( except for French fries, she loves those.) Me in the other hand, I'm not fat, I think I have a good body, but I do work out and have to watch what I eat, I wasn't as lucky as my mother.
Ac2366 Ac2366 7 years
My mom and I both have the same body type. Tall and average weight. I did pick up on her eating and dieting habits. Sometimes we like to eat and sometimes we like to diet when we notice we're getting a little thick around the middle. She and I have a pretty good relationship with food. She likes to indulge a little too much sometimes and I'm the same way.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
My Mom has struggled with her weight most of her life. She also equates food with nurturing and love. She gets the greatest pleasure out of cooking for people, but it's not always the healthiest stuff. I'm very different from her. I like food, but it has never been the end all be all in my life. Even when I was overweight it wasn't because I couldn't get enough of food, I just wasn't eating the right foods and wasn't active at all. I have never been the type to "live to eat". I'm not sure that my mother's relationship with food as affected me in any way, I never really thought about it. I just haven't been into food the way my Mom always has been.
ManiMartinixo ManiMartinixo 7 years
Neither of my parents have any hard feelings toward food. My little brother had always been a bit overweight and I'd always been a bit underweight. However two years ago my dad got diabetes and my mom had a stroke (she's fine now) so they whole's family's eating habits have become healthier.
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 7 years
Yup. My mom still has an unhealthy realationship with food. She picks at things throughout the day, but then denies herself of anything good at meals. She is also a big food hider... closets, freezer. Growing up, I knew exactly how long I had to sneak a frozen ding dong. I'm still trying to work through the issues she passed on to me, along with the ones I've added on myself Arrrrgh
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
Sadly, both of my parents don't have a good relationship with food. Even more sadly is that I have developed my mom's eating habits. She was always a boredom eater, I have found myself eating when I am bored too (and never eating when I am supposed to, during the day). I was always thin growing up, absolutely the healthiest in my family (though I did have an unhealthy relationship with food then, myself and rarely ate at all). Now that I live in the South, it has gotten worse. I am starting to try to clean up my habits, lose the weight I have gained since I started eating so unhealthily. It's good that I recognize the issue now, but it still sucks. I really need to work on eating regular meals, though. That is my biggest downfall, even more of a downfall than eating when bored. Ugh, I feel so lame!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Both of my parents have an unhealthy relationship with food. Food is like a drug to them, and they derive immense pleasure from eating. They're like food junkies, and they're both overweight (one parent is clinically obese). And yes, they have the gamut of medical conditions bought on by excessive weight. Also yes, I think my parents affected my attitude towards food. My parents serve as warnings as opposed to role models. When I left home for college, I worked hard on breaking the bad eating habits from my childhood, I was an overweight child and an overweight teenager But thankfully, as a grown-up, I knew better, and changed that.
kia kia 7 years
My mother was a horrible role model with her diet and not suprisingly how she viewed her worth in this world. Growing up I saw her try various fad diets or hardly eat enough calories and not have a healthy body or body image. She is much older now and has hardly changed. The only difference is that when we are on the phone I now act as her amateur nutritionist because her doctor has told her she has to adopt better eating habits but she has zero education on what foods are good for her.
mix-tape mix-tape 7 years
My mom is also a huge snacker and growing up there were always open boxes of crackers or pretzels in the kitchen to grab when hungry between meals. I certainly continue that practice today.
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 7 years
My mother and father have always had a healthy out look on food and exercise. I do also. Thanks guys! My brother, on the other hand, has an eating disorder. That's just the beginning of his problems. Don't think my parents have anything to do with it.
mix-tape mix-tape 7 years
My mom is a healthy weight, not super fit though, and definitely loves to cook. I think I did inherit her views on food, but we are lucky enough to have great genes. She did teach me how to eat slow and the right portions too, which I think all parents should teach their children rather than forcing them to eat all on their plate.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Huh. My mom's a healthy eater and I would live off junk food. Guess she didn't influence me that much
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
My mom wasn't really happy with her figure (she wasn't overweight, just bigger than she liked) and I heard about it alot. I also would see her take diet pills now and again and sometimes just go through periods of "why bother, I'm going to be fat the rest of my life". I developed an eating disorder for years (but some of that was caused I think from childhood molestation), and its only within the last few months I finally feel like I have a good relationship with my food.
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