Training to overeat or choo choo on chew chew

chewing--beaverDo we train ourselves to overeat?  When you were a child did your parents tell you finish all of your food because children were starving in 1) Appalachia,  2) India, or 3) China?  Did you ever really aspire to be a member of the Clean the Plate club?  Were you an eager beaver at meal time? Let’s chew on this concept a bit.

 

Chew (verb) –  to perform the act of chewing or grinding something with your teeth or to meditate on something or to scold someone harshly

Chew (noun) – the act of chewing

choo-choo (noun) – baby talk for train or locomotive

choo choo train cartoonHave you ever told a baby or small child to open his/her mouth to let the choo-choo come in when you are trying to get him/her to eat the next mouthful?  Do you make chug chug and whistle noises while you do so?

Did you ever get chewed out for not finishing your dinner or hiding it in your pocket or feeding it to the dog?

How many of those finish your plate moments have now become don’t eat everything on your plate moments?  Are we training ourselves to overeat by the parental compulsion to make sure that the young child eats everything on the plate?  They usually said you had two choices  “Take it or Leave it”, but how many of them really let you leave?

Are we what we eat?  If we are, are you sweet, spicy, tart, tough, soft, or a mixture? Were you a member of the Clean the Plate club? Join in the conversation and share your favorite or most traumatic childhood eating incident.

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4 thoughts on “Training to overeat or choo choo on chew chew”

  1. Armenia. That’s where the starving children of my youth were from. I suspect that was because starving Armenians were the dinner table focus in my mother’s youth as well, so she passed them along to us. We wondered out loud how our food, eaten or uneaten, would affect children halfway around the world, but I don’t recall ever having heard a logical answer from my mother. The point might have been that we should feel grateful not to be in those children’s shoes. A better answer, I think, would have been to focus on the world’s uneven distribution of food and to become thoughtful about consuming more than our fair share. Instead of “Eat everything on your plate”, she might have said “Don’t put so much on your plate.” We might have become less weight conscious as adults, and we might think more about today’s starving children.

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  2. Never heard starving children in Armenia used before. This is another thoughtful, thought provoking post. I always enjoy reading your comments. They provide so much food for thought (pun intended). Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Take a look at the wikipedia entry for the American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near_East_Foundation), which was founded in 1919 (when my mother was 2 years old). It was created in response to American concerns about reported atrocities to Ottoman Armenians, which was a major political/social crisis at the close of WWI and is still being debated today. I have always understood that my mother grew up with that as a backdrop for dinner table conversation. Her grandfather was a country doctor and a humanitarian, and there was more than one Presbyterian missionary in the family. I suspect lessons from current events were irresistible.

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  4. Very interesting information. I am guessing that the fascination with current events has remained a family tradition. Thanks for providing this additional and though provoking background on why Armenian children were your mother’s starving children example.

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