All but something like 35 of us need to lose a few
pounds or more.
And around 30 of the 35 who don't need to lose anything
are too skinny.
Five Americans are about right.
People who diet themselves into an extremely thin
condition must think that when they parade around a theater
lobby or a restaurant in a sun dress, everybody looking at
them is thinking, "Would you look at her figure. Isn't she
Here is what somebody 10 over actually thinks of
somebody 10 under: "You're not fooling anybody. We know how
crazy staying that thin makes a person."
I have been around the town socially with a few women
who were very thin by design.
There were similarities.
Each thought she was eating far more food than was
actually the case.
You might hear that "I've been stuffing myself all day,"
and find out that this means six crackers, lettuce and 1
square inch of cheese. Whereas to another, stuffing oneself
might mean a chili cheeseburger, rings and some chocolate
ice box pie. I didn't know what stuffing meant to a very
fashionably thin person until I was around one all day and
then heard her tell somebody that she had stuffed herself
all afternoon. I had the knowledge in this instance that
she had eaten some radishes, some cottage cheese and a
natural grain bar and 10 or 12 glasses of water.
Mealtime is not always its usual cheery occasion when
one person wishes to be extremely thin and one hopes to be
It can be breathtaking to see, and pay for, what is
filling to somebody who is skinny and determined to stay
Once I took to a respected restaurant a woman who
ordered the lamb done in a special way and then ate three
or four bites and said that it was wonderful and that she
was full. The lamb done in an ordinary way can sometimes
result in a brutal check. The lamb done in a magical way?
You can be looking at $70 worth of food still there on her
plate after she said she was finished.
Nobody wants to impose personal views on another. But on
this particular evening, I was at the point of almost
asking this woman to please just enjoy half of another
She said that what she would do was take home in a bag
what remained of the lamb after she had eaten herself woozy
with the three chews. But I had no confidence at this point
that the lamb would elude her dog, and so I ate the rest of
it right on the spot.
And for desert: pie crumbs, $20.
Maybe tomorrow: Here is the way I am looking at the
eight pounds I am fixing to lose: The start of a diet is
Monday -- Terrible day to try to quit anything. Too much
pressure. One of a million smokers probably gave up the
habit on Monday. Such a depressing day.
Tuesday -- Not a bad day to give up gambling, because all
the horse race tracks are closed. Terrible day to start a
Wednesday -- Can't focus on anything mid-week, too much
else on your mind.
Thursday -- Too close to the weekend.
Friday -- Time to celebrate.
Saturday -- Person can't exercise and then watch sports on
television on an empty stomach.
Sunday -- Here.
Because a person could use help stopping just about