Dinner Party Dread

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A dinner party can be a lot of fun. But if this scene makes you tremble with fear, you’re not alone.
(cc) Elin B @ Nordic Touch

If you thought that inviting someone to a dinner party would make their day – think again. New research from Weight Watchers UK reveals that such an invitation is more likely to bring dread than delight to the recipient. According to a survey from the slimming organization, 81% of people in the UK worry when asked to attend a dinner party and 85% of people worry about hosting a dinner party.

Other worries included guests feeling anxious about what they are going to wear (28%), more than one in five (21%) fret about what food they will be served, and more than one in ten (11%) agonize about who will do the driving.

Another 11% lose sleep over what gift to take and the other 10% of dinner-party goers worry what games they might be forced to play. And if that isn’t enough to put you off inviting anyone around, there is also the chance of that slaved-over dinner ending up in the dog!

Over half of guests admitted avoiding eating high-calorie foods while at dinner parties and 16% of them confessed sneaking it to the dog. A third of dinner-party dieters said they would put fattening food discretely onto a friend or partners plate, 40% said they would pretend to be full so they didn’t have to eat it and over one in ten people would go as far as faking illness to avoid consuming the extra calories.

Given these findings it is perhaps not surprising that, despite the popularity of TV shows such as “Come Dine With Me” and celebrity chefs’ cooking programs, Britons are not a nation of regular dinner party hosts with 80% of holding a dinner party only a few times a year, or not at all.

The top ten favorite dinner party dishes identified in Weight Watchers’ survey were:

  • Lasagne
  • Indian Curry
  • Thai Curry
  • Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Fajitas
  • Stir Fry
  • Chilli Con Carne
  • Fish & Chips
  • Carbonara
  • Shepherd’s / Cottage Pie

Weight Watchers hopes to change the way people view food and has created tools to help, including their ‘Supper Club’ Facebook application. Lucy Vickers, Weight Watchers nutritionist, said, “As the world’s largest slimming organisation, we have never been known to shy away from a challenge and we think we can help take the dread out of dinner parties. We want to show members how to enjoy tasty food while still losing weight and to share the experience with friends and family.”

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