After a long day shopping in London we headed to a restaurant in Covent Garden were we sat outside, enjoying the breeze and people watching while we ordered ourselves good warm fulfilling meals. Pizza, Pasta, the works.
As part of our people watching we noticed a group of school kids on a field trip apparently who had decided to stop in our restaurant for lunch. The table next to us was occupied by two girls and two boys, aged between 10-11 years. Maximum 12 years.The girls were very very thin and petite. As the waiter approached the guys ordered margarita pizzas while the two girls automatically replied: Two green salads and two diet cokes please.
No really, why? They are mere children! They are so tiny and little and skinny already. They are at the age my mother calls ‘a growing child’ and need food. They have the metabolism to burn up an entire horse. Why on earth were those two skinny babies dieting? What compels those tiny little thing who cannot weigh more than 35 kg each to actually zip their mouths at lunch and live on boring green salads and diet cokes? Is that normal? Is it an acceptable normal behavior now adays?
Looking at my big plate of pasta and I feel ashamed. I weight more than all the four children on that table combined, yet there they are watching their figure while I am pigging out on pasta. Pasta feels like a dirty word now, like a sin! Is that how people keep the weight off? Start them off as young as 10 and let them eat nothing for lunch but a salad?
Who is at wrong here? Me? Them? Both? None? If I want to have a killer figure, do I have to eat green salad and diet coke at every outing and for every meal? Maybe that’s why they are so thin. Considering I am thrice their age, four times their weight, and one tenth their metabolism. Maybe them sitting next to me was a sign for me to stop pigging out and start dieting, real dieting, to lose the excess weight that is suffocating me?