saf (ellepipistrelle) wrote in ed_ucate,

Cultural differences?

I was talking to two of my Australian LJ friends today and we got onto the subject of 'All You Can Eat'.

I first encountered 'All You Can Eat' about five years ago but I was anorexic at the time and it scared the hell out of me. I've since learnt to tell myself that I don't have to get my money's worth and that as long as I don't freak out it's a successful venture.

They, on the other hand, have grown up with 'All You Can Eat' and they both have memories of going to Pizza Hut with their friends between the ages of 10 and 13. Apparently it was completely normal to eat so much they had to be sick (naturally, not self-induced) and they would come back from the bathroom and be hailed as heros and then they would return to the buffet. Their parents would find this amusing and tell them to not eat so much next time. They'd be amused that because they had 'lost' their dinner they were hungry again and would have to eat more. They didn't see it as disordered behaviour, it was just something they did.

Are there any Australians here who did the same at the 'Kids Works' at Pizza Hut? Does this happen anywhere else in the world? Any fellow Brits who actually did this? I was totally horrified at first but now I'm interested!

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