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Clean Plate Club? [moved from General Topics]

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Clean Plate Club? [moved from General Topics]

Non Cognomina | Jul 26, 2006 11:41 PM

When the heat goes up, my appetite goes down.

While at lunch with a group today, I only ate half a sandwich because I wasn't that hungry. One woman playfully taunted me by saying something like, "oh, no clean plate club for you today!" I politely laughed, but didn't get it. Later, someone explained that the "Clean Plate Club" is when you eat all the food on your plate, then get to have dessert or some other reward. Appearantly lots of parents used that strategy to get their kids to eat (and maybe still do?).

This is kind of a foreign concept to me. When I was a kid I was a good eater, but I was never forced to "clean my plate." Doesn't this lead to kids developing lifelong food issues, and using guilt as a motivation/discipline tool? When I was a kid, if I was only hungry enough to eat half a sandwich, the other half was simply wrapped and put in the refrigerator and either I or someone else would eat it if they got hungry. I've always thought I was lucky to not have food issues or body image issues like so many girls and women in America, but perhaps I was just raised with healthier attitudes about food....

Anyone else experience this "clean plate" phenomenon? I'm very curious about this.

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