Okay now, be honest. Have you ever been a closet eater?
I was. (DH… are you reading this?)
Not often. But enough. Enough that I felt guilt. Enough that it contributed to my weight gain. Enough that I knew I did not have a healthy attitude about food.
A lot is written about closet eaters. For some people, the practice is frequent enough to classify as an eating disorder. It was never that bad for me. Just another red flag. Closet eaters tend to be overweight. No surprise! Many just don’t want the comments that they expect will come when they eat in front of others. But I am sure there are as many reasons to eat in secret as their are different diet plans and blogs on the subject. I think it all comes down to one question – why do we do it?
Sometimes I hid my eating because I wanted a treat and didn’t want to share! That little bag of M&Ms was going to be all mine! But most of the time it was because I was embarrassed to be eating whatever I was eating. Like a whole bag of Milanos in the car. Or multiple Snickers ice cream bars in one sitting. Or McDonald’s french fries – no burger, just fries. Been there and done all of that.
And I knew that if I felt the need to hide the food I was eating, I probably shouldn’t be eating it!
But here’s an ironic twist: the new and improved me who no longer cheats on my diet now sometimes secretly eats the healthy foods! I don’t want to answer questions about why I am snacking on veggies or if I am dieting or what kind of protein bar I have or…
Funny how things change.