You are what you eat--are you also HOW you eat?
January 9, 2012 11:08 AM Subscribe
Anecdata search: Do men eat differently than women do? (I'm not talking about WHAT they eat, but about HOW they eat.)
posted by dlugoczaj to Food & Drink (51 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is probably a stupid question, but I now have a bee in my bonnet about it.
I had dinner the other day with a male friend and noticed that he ate all the french fries on his plate before turning his attention to his hamburger. I've eaten many lunches with him, and this pattern seems common--he'll eat up all of one thing before beginning another.
My husband does the exact same thing. I've seen him do the french fry/burger thing many times. Even if a salad is served with a meal, he will eat all the salad first before starting on whatever the main dish is. He doesn't have a food-shouldn't touch phobia (e.g., he will eat stir-fry over rice rather than eating the rice separately) but if the food is in distinct "blocks," he will almost always finish one block before moving on to the next.
I don't do this. I like to alternate bites of different things and balance out my blocks so that they all last throughout the meal. As I think about meals with my female friends, I seem to remember them eating this way also.
I googled, and nothing. (A whole lot about men's food choices as opposed to women's--e.g., men eat more meat, women eat more veggies--but nothing on how the choices are eaten.)
So, hive mind: Is this a gendered thing, for some reason, or do I just have a very small sample size of very quirky male friends? If it is, why might that be? What are you, and how do you eat?