Do you lie about what you eat?

Ordering huge portions of food when dining out with others while dramatically restricting portions in private is a growing form of dysfunctional eating.

By Deborah Dunham for

Thanks to the growing number of celebrities who claim they eat gobs of rich, calorie-laden food, yet mysteriously remain paper-thin, a new eating disorder has evolved. It’s called liarexics — a term that the Daily Mail describes as women who order huge portions of food when out with others, but dramatically restrict their portions in private.

“Fearful of appearing to be too hung up on eating, actresses who maintain size six figures are desperate to prove how “healthy” (or, in other words, large) their appetites are. Gwyneth Paltrow, 38, but with the lithe body of a 16-year-old, claims to “adore” fried foods and pizza; Drew Barrymore reportedly “loves” macaroni cheese; and just the other week Gordon Ramsay claimed Victoria Beckham “eats like a horse”.

The Daily Mail surmises that many A-listers even go so far as to ensure they are regularly photographed forking up giant helpings of pasta, junk food and desserts — activity described by some as ‘DIPE’ (Documented Instance of Public Eating).”

As if it’s not enough that we have to look ultra slim, toned and cellulite-free — even after just giving birth (thank you, Rachel Zoe), we now have to look like we do so without trying. We have to show others that we have healthy appetites, healthy bodies and healthy relationships with food because ordering a small salad at a girls’ night out simply won’t do. In fact, a move like that can often lead to more speculation and stress from your tablemates about why you’re not eating much than if you just ordered a plate piled high with fried chicken, biscuits and gravy (then at least they would judge you behind your back instead of to your face).

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