Who Cares What I Eat?

Why do people care what I eat, when I eat, or how much? Why is it considered rude not to eat when offered?

I have a friend in his 60s who was raised strictly and with manners. Bill opens doors, hold chairs, gets up when a woman enters the room…. He will eat anything that is offered – anytime, anywhere – because he believes it is impolite to decline.

I have seen him eat multiple meals in a row, whether it’s several Thanksgiving dinners or whether we’ve stopped by a friend’s after our dinner, and they invite us to join in theirs. I, of course, say that I’ve already eaten. He pulls up a chair and digs right in.

Bill is a contractor and works really hard in a really physical job, so he doesn’t worry about weight gain. During the winter, when work slows down, he does put on weight. He also loves Christmas and eating his way through the holidays with aplomb.

Conversely, if he is working on a house or business around the clock, he might forget to eat for days.

I am in awe of him.

But I am NOT my friend. And I still don’t understand how it effects anyone else whether I eat or not. If I do eat, who cares what foods I choose and how much I consume?

Why does anyone care what ANYONE eats. I sure don’t.


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