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Does Victoria Beckham really eat 'like a horse'? Or is she a 'liar-exic'?

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Do you claim to eat far more in front of friends than you actually do when you're alone? If so, you might fit the Daily Mail's definition of a "liar-exic."

The label refers to women who order large portions in front of others, or tell people they eat a lot, but actually drastically reduce their diets in private.

The newspaper identifies Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore and Victoria Beckham as suspected examples. Ms. Paltrow claims she adores fried foods, Ms. Barrymore is known to love macaroni and cheese, and Ms. Beckham's friend chef Gordon Ramsay has told the media she "eats like a horse." Do they really just have high metabolisms? Or are such claims meant to make the rest of us envious of how easily they maintain their slim physique?)

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Whatever the motivation, many celebrities even go out of their way to be photographed eating large portions in public - so many, in fact, the Hollywood phenomenon has been given it's own name, "DIPE," or Documented Instance of Public Eating.

But it's not just celebrities adopting big appetites for show. Jane Traynor, 36, tells The Daily Mail she never eats bread and works out most days, but indulges when she's out with friends to avoid their judgment.

"If I order salad when friends are all having pasta, I get a chorus of disapproval: 'You're too thin, treat yourself!'" she explains. "It's easier just to eat a lot, then go back to my normal diet the next day."

Have you ever eaten more in front of others to avoid comments on your diet? Do you know any "liar-exics"?

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Wency Leung is a general assignment reporter for the Life section. Before joining The Globe in early 2010, she has worked as a reporter in Vancouver, Prague, and Phnom Penh. More

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