Who got the largest hamburger? Who finished eating fast enough to get seconds before the food ran out? Who got the last scoop of ice-cream?

Sibling rivalry at the dinner table is likely familiar to all of us who aren’t only children.

But why exactly do we bicker over food with our own flesh and blood?

Writing at The New York Times, George Howe Colt grew up fighting over food with his brothers, but has perhaps found a biological explanation for why family mealtimes often turn into gladiator events.

“Attempting to forestall quarrels, our mother cut portions so nearly identical it would have taken a micrometer to tell them apart. But in vain.

“Whether lunging for the last hot dog, filching an extra piece of crispy skin from the roast chicken or merely noting who had gotten the most cherries in his fruit cocktail, each of us struggled, constantly, to get our fair share — or, preferably, a lot more.”

Sound like your place?

Read at The New York Times: Sibling Rivalry: One Long Food Fight.



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