1) Sunday Magazine’s cover feature in the New York Times entitled (on the cover, at least), “Are Your Friends Making You Fat?”
Francesca cannot sum up this article for you because she does not want to Get Depressed. So she just stares at the screen with her hands over her eyes, peeking through her fingers, trying to build up the courage to read the damn thing. Can someone with more stamina please tell her what it says?
Also tell her whether that article contradicts the study Francesca was recently reading about (and which she now cannot find; help?), in which it was found that skinny people who ate next to an obese person were unlikely to copy the obese person’s eating: If the obese person ate a lot, the thin person would eat less (presumably so as not to get fat like that other guy), and if the obese person ate very little, the thin person would eat more (possibly under the logic that the fat person is on a diet, but if one is already thin it’s OK to indulge). So, in a way, the best way to stay skinny is to have lots of fat friends who eat a ton and inspire you to … not be like them?
Oy. Francesca is so depressed!
2) Many bloggers have been discussing this article, about 34-year-old Samantha Clowe, who died shortly before her wedding, after being on a 500-calorie-a-day crash diet for 11 weeks.
First, Francesca expresses sadness for Samantha and her loved ones.
Second, Francesca notes that, technically, we do not know for sure that the diet is what killed Samantha. Anyone who has seen House M.D. or CSI knows that it can take a while to figure out what happened. The coroner has not made a statement about this. It is possible she had some other, underlying, condition and the diet had little or nothing to do with it.
Third, all that having been said, Francesca also notes the pressure to be a slim bride, and the fact that a physician gave Clowe the go-ahead to eat only 500 calories a day (a starvation diet, given that she was 5’9″), for weeks and weeks. This doctor should be ashamed, and read this blog.
Fourth, Francesca also notes that Clowe went on this diet “to get respect at work.” What was going on at Clowe’s job? It is possible that Clowe was too sensitive and perceived a lack of respect when there was respect; but Francesca suspects that her co-workers, too, should be taking a long, hard look at themselves.