Mom is upset with her daughter’s friend for always eating subsidized family food

The internet stood up to an angry mom who took to Mumsnet to vent about her teenage daughter’s boyfriend stealing food from her fridge, including the family dinner.

In a post published on Saturday, the woman, who goes by the username FlamingGalar, explained that her 14-year-old daughter’s boyfriend has a wonderful relationship with the family, but feels so comfortable with them that he goes through the fridge, freezer and cupboards and eats what he likes without even asking what If it is ok.

“I asked him not to eat some of the things I take out of the fridge because they’re for dinner etc, but to be honest, I’d rather he ask before he wanders into the food stores!”

The mother says that as much as he is a lovable man and has become a part of the family, she is upset by the fact that he “helps himself with whatever he can imagine” without first asking.

“For example, at the weekly shop, I buy a few pizzas for takeaway tea if one of the kids needs something or I can’t bother to cook. For the past few weeks, he’s been eating every single one of those ‘ready’ pizzas!”

According to recent studies, the consumption of fast food by children and adolescents has increased a lot in the past two decades. About two-thirds, or 67 percent, of calories consumed by children and teens in 2018 came from ultra-processed foods, a jump from 61 percent in 1999.

The largest increase in calories came from ready-to-eat or ready-to-heat meals like pizza, sandwiches and hamburgers, rising to 11.2 percent of calories from 2.2 percent.

Meanwhile, packaged sweet snacks and treats like cake and ice cream made up 12.9 percent of calorie consumption in 2018, compared to 10.6 percent in 1999.

Most users took the mother’s side and thought the teenage boy was rude. One user, Cherrysoup, said: “I found this incredibly rude. No doubt others will say you want him to feel at home, but he’s not part of your family, not your responsibility and he’s home fed. Just tell him to stop.”

Skyla01 added: “[YouAreNotBeingUnreasonable]. Does he help himself get a whole pizza out of the fridge? I think this is very rude. I would have put some ground rules in place if I were you.”

Another user, brighterthanaluckypenny, asked, “Is it just annoying, or is it an overspend that you can’t afford?” They’re selfish. They don’t always think. Tell them. Just tell him he can’t do it. If he goes into the kitchen, go ask what he’s doing and offer him some toast,” WeAreBob told WeAreBob.

HaveringWavering asked her, “But where is your DD when he does this? Is she eating with him? In that case, she is already eating, for them to eat both, right?”

“Even if he’s the one who physically takes it out, she’s the one giving permission. If he’s in your kitchen nibbling on pizza while it’s somewhere else, that’s really weird.”

Bonjovispjs commented: “Bloody hell, I had to ask if I even wanted a piece of fruit when I was a teenager, it was in my house, nobody but you, so rude.”

Another user, KvotheTheBloodless, suggested, “I bet your DD said to help himself. Tell her she needs to steer him toward snacks instead of full meals, or you’re going to talk to him yourself. [so] I was ashamed at the thought of you talking to him about this because she would put an end to it herself.”

A stock image shows an angry mother arguing with a teenager. The Internet sided with a woman who complained about her teenage daughter’s boyfriend stealing food from her fridge, even meals that were scheduled for dinner.
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