Why the question ‘What did you have for breakfast?’ can be a hard one

Screen Shot 2019-02-26 at 10.25.15“What did you have for breakfast?” is the sort of neutral question that doesn’t seem like it should be difficult to answer. For that reason, it’s often used by sound engineers to check mic levels in a radio studio before a show goes live. “What did you have for breakfast?” they ask the latest person in the chair.

It’s a banal question. It’s neutral. It doesn’t require much thought to respond. Everyone can tell you what they had for breakfast. Yet, Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, wants us to understand that for the estimated 1.25 million people in the UK who have an eating disorder, it can be a very difficult question indeed.

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