Starve to death or feel guilty about every mouthful?
Wondering if this “no work no eat” rule applies to everyone or just you?
Pat Putnam

At the risk of being an annoying buttinski, yes, that is exactly the bargain. I grew up Catholic with the same sort of dad who said these things only with the full weight of a vengeful God behind them. It does some real damage to your head. In my very recent past, without too much detail, I was there, eating less — sometimes not at all — because of guilt. I didn’t do anything today because I couldn’t. I don’t deserve dinner.

“I’m not very hungry,” it came out most of the time.

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