Ever wondered why celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz always bang on about the all burgers and fried food they eat, yet never ever seem to put on any weight? Could it be because they’re….being less than truthful?
The Daily Mail has dubbed these celebrities as ‘Liarexic’. Yes, we know that some people object to the trivialisation of anorexia by other forms of disordered eating adopting their suffix.
But we didn’t make up this name, we’re just telling you about it.
Apparently Liarexia is the notion that people, namely women, will eat large amounts of food (or a particular type of food eg: burgers and fries) in public yet strictly limit their portions in private. A new eating disorder if you will.
It’s all about appearing to have a ‘normal’ relationship with food, or wanting to be skinny without seeming like you are really trying.
Hmmmm, could this possibly be why every interview with a female celebrity usually involves the journalist remarking how surprised she is to see her subject order (and devour) so much food? Even moreso if the celebrity has been battling ‘too thin’ media coverage?
A psychotherapist quoted in the article says, “it’s connected to feeling shame around food and it’s often sparked by fear of being challenged by other people.”
Make that other
WOMEN. Not many men stare daggers at you or immediately feel guilty if you choose to eat a salad when they decide to go all out with pizza with garlic bread on the side.
Why is that? The psychologist believes that women are more critical of their friends’ food choices than men are, “if you’re overweight and trying to lose weight people will reassure you, but if you’re slim, other women often feel judged if you refuse food — as if you’re highlighting their own lack of control.”