A Reddit user’s struggle with her mother-in-law’s constant criticism about her eating habits reached a boiling point at a family dinner. Feeling hungry and fed up with the scrutiny, she made a bold choice that sparked a heated argument. But who’s at fault? Here’s the full story:
They’ve Never Had A Good Relationship
The Original Poster (OP) starts by telling readers that she’s been with her husband “for over 10 years.” Unfortunately, she’s never had “the best relationship” with her mother-in-law (MIL), who always tries to police what she eats.
OP Eats a Lot
OP admits she eats a lot of food. But it’s no accident. She burns countless calories each day “working with horses” and has a super fast metabolism. She tells Redditors that she has “rather large meals” to build her energy back up. Unfortunately, this causes issues with MIL…
They Went Out for Dinner
The recent problem began when MIL invited them to a family dinner. Unfortunately for OP, she’d been too busy to eat all day, so she arrived at the restaurant famished. Apparently, she typically tries to avoid this if she’s meeting up with the in-laws, eating snacks beforehand so she won’t order anything her MIL would find offensive. This time, though, she couldn’t help it…
She Ordered For Two
Because she was so hungry, OP ordered a meal designed for two people – a giant steak, two sides, prawns, and bacon. This didn’t go down well with her MIL…
OP’s Mother-In-Law Wasn’t Happy
MIL was beside herself, telling OP she “shouldn’t be ordering” what she can’t eat. Undeterred, OP finished the meal with ease, then followed it up by ordering dessert
Ordering dessert was the last straw for OP’s MIL, who went nuts. She told OP she was “attention seeking” and “putting on a show.” She even said OP had made her father-in-law and brother-in-law feel awkward. And that wasn’t all…
She Told OP To Pay the Bill
MIL told OP that she and her husband would have to cover the bill. They’d already agreed to split it, but apparently, “a woman shouldn’t eat that much,” and she (OP’s MIL) hadn’t planned on spending so much at dinner. OP wasn’t going to roll over, though…
OP told her in-laws there’s no way they’d be paying for everyone. After all, her MIL’s meal had cost “significantly more” than OP’s – a fact she was quick to point out.
They Said She Ruined Dinner
While OP’s husband took her side, the same can’t be said about the rest of the family. They told OP she was an a****** for ruining the dinner. Since then, they’ve started making “passive-aggressive posts” about her on social media and sent her articles about excessive eating.
What Does Reddit Think?
OP took to Reddit for a second opinion. She wanted to know if she was in the wrong for ordering too much food. Or was her mother-in-law the bad guy for her reaction?
Reddit Sided With OP
Almost all the top comments on Reddit told the OP she wasn’t in the wrong and that she had nothing to apologize for. Most users told her to “Eat what you need and want.” Meanwhile, other readers questioned the mother-in-law…
OP’s Mother-In-Law Is In The Wrong
The overwhelming response was that OP’s MIL was the villain of the story. One comment said she “needs to chill out and mind her own business,” while another user wrote, “Your mother-in-law is being ridiculous.”
OP’s Husband Needs To Step Up
Some Redditors also pointed the blame at OP’s husband. They believed he could’ve done more in the situation to support his wife. One top comment read, “Your husband needs to grow some nuts and tell his mother off.”
Don’t Go to Another Family Dinner
Finally, a lot of community members told OP to stay away from future family dinners. One person wrote, “Put some distance between you and these people. You’ll be better off.”
What’s Your Opinion?
Now you’ve heard her story, what are your thoughts about OP’s situation? Did her mother-in-law overreact? Or should she have ordered less food? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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