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Peanut butter and…the unspoken word.

Forced consumption is something that is seen in many households today.

When I was younger, I remember my parents making new meals for dinner every so often, and I would not want to eat them some of the times. When I told my mom or dad that I didn’t like it, or I didn’t want to eat it, they would try and persuade me into eating it. For example, “If you don’t eat all of your dinner you can’t have dessert.” or the ever so loved, “If you don’t want to eat, then go to your room.” Now my family never forced me to eat the food. There was never food shoved in my mouth, or a severe punishment if I didn’t eat my dinner. But, my brothers on the other hand…who were much older, they were forced to sit at the table until they ate everything on their plate. Now, to this day, my brothers HATE baked beans.

I can remember my brothers sitting at the dinner table 4 hours after we had eaten, still staring at their plate, and not moving. I remember my brother falling asleep, and my dad waking him back up. See, my dad’s rule was simple…try it. At least give it one good chance. And if you didn’t and you just refused from the start to eat it…that’s when he made you eat it ALL.

One episode that I remember when I was younger of me being forced to eat something was when I was at my babysitters house…a new one of course, and there were 5 other kids and myself. The rule for dessert was that everyone had to finish their lunch. Now, I was given a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which I loved, and I used to eat all the time. But for some reason, this jelly was different than the kind my parents gave me. I didn’t like it at all. So, I didn’t eat it. I sat their and asked my babysitter to make me something else to eat. She refused. And told me to eat the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I would be fine. I didn’t eat it. Just sat there. Then she told the other kids that there would be no dessert because of me. All my fault. So, what did the other kids do to me? Bullied me into eating the sandwich…they wanted dessert. So, what did I end up doing? Eating it. Getting sick. And hating jelly for the rest of my life. To this day. I will not touch jelly.

peanut butter and jelly

“The respondents response to the target substance was assessed in a number of different questions. First, when asked if they would willingly consume the target food today, 72% said “no.”  When they were asked the current rating of their target food (1=extreme comfort, 2=moderate comfort, 3=neutral, 4=moderate discomfort, and 5=extreme discomfort) 37% said 5.” 

 

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