Food Shaming: What Would You Do?
Have you ever been mocked or made fun of because of your food choices?
Have you ever been lectured by family members or friends because you eat mostly plants?
Perhaps you've heard mean comments like:
“Gluten-free is just a fad.”
“Are you really eating that?”
“You're just being too picky.”
“Come on, a little of this won't hurt you.”
Or maybe you've seen people roll their eyes when you ask for special requests from waiters or flight attendants.
For a lot of us, people with chronic illness, food can be medicine or poison. We eat certain types of food for more energy, to manage, arrest or reverse our symptoms, or to support our healing process. We minimize, eliminate or avoid some food because they make us sick or they can kill us.
With the holidays right around the corner (with lots of food and gatherings), let's create a conversation so we can face this dilemma with a little more confidence, empathy, and compassion this season.
What Would You Do?
Here's the scenario: You're eating in a restaurant and you overhear a couple criticizing and lecturing a mom (that they haven't met before) because she and her kid are ordering vegan food. Worse, when the mother steps out quickly, the couple tempt and force the kid to eat a hotdog because they believe her diet is not healthy. The kid is uncomfortable and doesn't want to eat it.
Please note that I'm not promoting veganism. The same scenario can happen to anyone making conscious food choices and decisions because of health reasons.
Now, that's out of the way, I'd like to invite you to watch the video clip taken from the TV show “What Would You Do?”. Check out how the people in the restaurant reacted.
Food shaming: If you were in this scenario, what would you do?
If you were to witness this scenario in real life, what would you do?
Post your answers in the comments below. The best answers will be featured in the next Ask The Reader segment. I will credit you and link back to your website or social media, if any.