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For at least one kid out there, noodles can be "too 'noodle-y.'"
Launched on Instagram April 13, the anonymously run @MyKidCantEatThis account has chronicled the eating habits of finicky children, sparking a social-media sensation in fewer than two weeks.
Boasting more than 50,000 followers as of Tuesday morning, @MyKidCantEatThis describes its photos as the reasons "[why] your kid can't eat your terrible food," and crowd-sources content from Instagram users who post pictures with funny stories and the hashtag #mykidcanteatthis.
That includes Instagram user Jackie Lowdermilk, whose Saturday post was picked up by the account Sunday. Her child was the one who'd found that pasta dish "too 'noodle-y'" for pleasant consumption.
What about an apple that had been fine, just moments before it was barely eaten? According to a Monday post attributed to Louise Coutts, "#MyKidCantEatThis because after three bites, it's just too old."
And don't you hate it when the juice from an orange is "too wet"? If so, one little boy agrees with you.
Sprinkles were all but essential for a bagel and a beans dish served by two different parents.
Even if the food itself appears to meet expectation, presentation matters. "#MyKidCantEatThis because although it is exactly what he asked for, it was presented in the wrong bowl," writes Kate Junk.
Visual appeal also mattered to Nate Marquardt's child, who wouldn't eat cereal "because the spoon doesn't have a princess on it."
And according to two up-and-coming foodies, bananas should only be peeled "by daddy" instead of mommy, and mommy is the only family member allowed to pull back the lid on a yogurt cup before serving.
Although the identity of the person running @MyKidCantEatThis remains a mystery, perhaps one can deduce a clue from the accounts — or, more accurately, the singular account — it follows. As of Monday night, @MyKidCantEatThis only appeared to monitor the Instagram account belonging to actress Alyssa Milano.
That may be because, when it comes to serving food to little kids, the answer to "Who's the Boss?" is always in question.
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