Friday, November 21, 2008

Exit Fat City Quick, Before You Marbelize Like a Steak!

"The five-pound limit turns out to be less fanatic than it seems. There is a physiological reason why it is easier to lose weight as soon as it is gained.
Any medical student knows this. The explanation goes that when you first put on weight, the fat is still 'soft' and high in water content. That is the time to lose it, before the body gets a chance to assimilate it. If you keep ten to fifteen pounds overweight on you for a year, it becomes part of the muscle structure. In other words, it marbelizes, as in fat steak, and is much harder to lose."

This is, of course, another brilliant quote from Luciana Avedon's The Beautiful People's Diet Book. But I prefer to picture it as something she proclaimed while wearing the outfit pictured at left. She proclaimed it, and then she reclined back against that sculpture to show off her best side, her spectacular hair, her bangles, and her excellent white pants.

As I told you, the Princess' thoughts on obesity, though written in the early 1970's, seem awful timely. No, not the one above, that one just feels true. In this selection from the chapter entitled, Exit Fat City, we see what has changed since she wrote, and that she seemed to sense the coming epidemic:

"There is no social stigma attached to overeating. No coroner ever writes that the cause of death was obesity. Your favorite poison is available without prescription at the local grocer's, where, as long as you can pay, no one will ever refuse to serve you.

... Even the airlines, while insisting their flight personnel keep trim, do not dare weigh passengers with their baggage, though I think that would be a lovely idea. Why should I pay for thirty pounds of excess baggage when the man sitting next to me does not pay a cent for his fifty pounds of excess flesh...
Mind you concern about the threat of obesity to health and performance is growing. .. First and foremost, the insurance companies give the obese a hard time. They have been doing it for decades, though I cannot say, looking around me in public, that their strictures have cut much lard.

... Obesity curtails the pleasure, fun, and adventure of life itself. While awaiting all those dreadful, often fatal diseases to which obesity makes you prone, you huff and puff, ... creak at the joints, hate to undress for sex, and are the brunt of even your closest friends' jokes and supposed jollities, which make you shrivel inside-- but not on the surface where shrinking is needed."

I know, I know. Now you're angry with the Princess. But please consider that she fought the battle against fat everyday, fully believing she'd turn hippo if she relaxed for a moment. And also consider that just recently, the very thin and vigilant Princess exited our Fat City and (fat) world forever.

Like it or not, more from the Princess soon. She turns out to be surprisingly reasonable in her suggestions for those with true weight problems. She recognizes that a severe struggle with weight takes a lot to overcome, unlike a ten-pound fluctuation. That is to be dealt with, as you know by now, by dancing and yogurting.

*scanned photo, courtesy of the adored Donna Lethal*