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school lunches made me sick so I didn't eat and my teachers thought I was anaorexic

I just read the blog entry by Dr. health and immediately remembered this. I took one look at it and couldn't eat. My mom had no time to make me lunch (single mom, worked constantly) so this was my only option. Only day I ate was Friday, pizza day.

Fri. Sep 22, 10:37am

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What grade are we talking...elementary or high school? I don't think people start worryinga bout anorexia until high school and if your that age why couldn't you bring your own food or fix your own lunch?

The group I hung out with sat in the halls by our lockers and talked during lunch because it was too crowded in the cafeteria. We weren't allowed to have food out there though. So I always brought a bag of either Ritz or graham crackers and would sneak eat them during lunch. Not the healthiest lunch but I still ate.

Friday, September 22, 2006, 10:53 AM

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elementary school and if I'm not mistaken, people worry about this at a young age.

Friday, September 22, 2006, 12:40 PM

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yes, school lunches are nasty. i don't want my child eating them at all. i loved the profile of the healthy school lunch prgram featured in Super Size Me. how do we get programs like that in our schools? anyway, OP if you weren't eating you might've been malnourished and that's why they thought you were anorexic. i hope you have healed from this time in childhood when your need for food wasn't met; i wonder how it affects your dieting?

Friday, September 22, 2006, 1:13 PM

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My school lunch life was a similar hell.
Through elementary, middle and high school my parent's REFUSED to allow me to take a lunch to school, they were convinced school lunch was good enough and did not want to have to buy food for me to make lunches and feared I'd make a mess of the kitchen. I also had no job (wasn't allowed) and no allowance, so I could not buy my own little stashes of food.
I resorted to "stealing" a piece of bread here and a handful of ceral there from my own kitchen and smuggeling it into school to eat. If I was caught I would be punished because my parents were angry I wasn't eating the schools food they paid for. I usually was forced to choose between eating an entire can of canned peaches for breakfast every day for 17 years or go to school hungry. When I couldn't bring myself to eat the peaches (and yes, my mother opened a can of peaches for breakfast every day, I was not allowed to look around the kitchen or pick something out myself), I would sometimes resort (and I'm so ashamed) to stealing little granola bars or jellos off the snack cart at school or even out of other kids lunches. ( I had no money for snack, and was to brainwashed a kid to tell my teachers how hungry I was for fear of my parents being pissed). One time when I was a little kid I actually stole bubble gum from a gas station and ATE it, that's right Ate it for lunch.
Now mind you the schools food made me physically ill. The menu was pretty much the same grades 1-12, Fatty overly buttered french toast and poor quality sausage for LUNCH on monday, chicken end parts formed into little chicken balls with heavy gravy Teusday etc.
Yes, they actually served CHICKEN w an ice cream scoop at my school.

When one of my teachers noticed I wasn't eating, she started monitoring me daily and would not let me leave the lunch room until I completed every bite. If I couldn't get it down in time, I'd have detention. I would often need to throw up in the bathroom after. My parents thought I was throwing up just to be rebellious.

Then after my yummy canned peach breakfast and low quality lunch, my mother always served me 5 fishsticks and frozen corn almost every night for dinner for 17 years.

My parents could eat whatever they wanted mind you. They had ceral and eggs for breakfast and steaks and pastas for dinners, I was always told those were ADULT foods, and not for kids.

I kid you not, this has messed up my relationship with food. I'm always sneaking food when no one is watching, hiding food etc. I'll get home from a dinner and discover I've stashed buns and butter pads and all sorts of food into my purse without even remembering doing it! These are habits I've had to control to get my diet back on track!

Friday, April 11, 2008, 8:43 AM

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Make your own lunch

If you are here on PT I imagine you can make your own lunch. Thee are lots of healthy options...low fat sandwiches, raw vegies and fruit, etc. I made my lunches starting in the 4th grade (years of bologna sandwiches finally moved me to action). Just give your mom a shopping list. Or go yourself if you can drive. Sounds like a good time to start looking at all the aspects of healthy eating including how you shop. Good luck and check back with us.

Friday, April 11, 2008, 9:41 AM

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Hi, I'm 8:43 with the crappy lunches,
Yes I'm 24 now and through college, You can imagine I went a little crazy when I hit the dinning hall, I "caught up" on all the foods I had never really gotten like pizza and chinese food, and of course pastas!
I'm kind of over that indulgence phase and have settled back down to a more "normal" for once eating pattern, just still find myself doing the strangest things like hiding food around when I don't need to do that anymore! How odd!

Now my goal is to loose the 25 pounds I put on in college when I went a little wild with my new found food freedoms.

Friday, April 11, 2008, 9:53 AM

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Do you have two arms? Do you have two functioning hands? Do you know how to open a cupboard or refrigerator and a cutlery drawer?

If you have answered "yes" to the above questions, then "you" can make your own lunch and not have to eat the gross school food !!!!!

Friday, April 11, 2008, 11:55 AM

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PP, your a moron. Read the tread.

Friday, April 11, 2008, 12:36 PM

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12:36 took the words right outta my mouth! To both moronic posters. MADE, as in, past tense!

Friday, April 11, 2008, 12:56 PM

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8:43, your parents sound like neglegent, selfish people. I'm sure you may be offended by that but that was so wrong!!

Friday, April 11, 2008, 1:51 PM

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Hey 12:36 and 12:56 if you are going to insult someone at least try not to humiliate yourselves in the process.

12:36 - it is YOU'RE not YOUR as in YOU ARE the moron in this dialogue.

12:56 - "To both moronic posters" try hyphen instead of a period or maybe even a comma between posters and MADE.

Between the two of you, you obviously have the collective intellect of a 2nd grader.

Friday, April 11, 2008, 2:33 PM

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Hey 2:33.........12:56 here. Dumb ass. Read it again - I did use the freaking punctuation correctly. You're not reading it with the right tone of distain.

Sunday, April 13, 2008, 3:35 AM

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What people are trying to tell you is that today is a new day. Stop dwelling about what happened in the past and move on. I understand that not every Mom will buy you the food you need to make your lunches or your breakfasts. Kids are supposed to be taken care of, not the other way around. My Mom wasn't the best either when it came to food, and now I am the Mom and worry about how I'm doing with my own kids and food. Sometimes I hear them say there isn't any food in the house, and I wonder if I'm unconsciously doing the same thing at times. I"m glad you posted. I'll work on that some more in my home.

Sunday, April 13, 2008, 4:32 AM

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To 12:56

YOU really are the dumb-ass, if you are trying to defend yourself you might what to use the correct word.

I believe you were trying to use the word "Disdain" not "Distain".

Sunday, April 13, 2008, 5:37 PM

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holy crap, 8:43, that's child abuse! Have you had any kind of counseling around this? It's amazing that you put on only 25 pounds in college, without having been taught the first thing about nutrition at home.

Sunday, April 13, 2008, 7:58 PM

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