Thursday, September 15, 2005

Nelly the Zealophant

Bert and I went out for breakfast this morning. We went to one of those cafes that specialise in cheap Ulster fries and traybakes. It’s a popular spot that is always doing a roaring trade. As I’d already had my healthy fruit and muesli breakfast I ‘contented’ myself with a cup of coffee. He was ages in the queue so I entertained myself by people watching.

There was a 60+ couple in front of him. I noticed that the man, otherwise just stocky, had one of those enormous bulging bellies. His wife was pretty chunky too. Both of them collected huge platefuls of food. I watched the man as he sat down. He looked almost dewy-eyed as he started to tuck in. Bert came down with a small fry-up, small enough to see lots white plate through.

I’ll have to be honest here and admit that not so long ago I’d have had some food too, even though I wasn’t hungry, just because it was there and everyone else was eating. And maybe that was why I was so interested in what all the other people were eating and why I was being hypercritical about their diets and their BMIs. As Ed said of me as recently as today, ‘there's no zealot like a convert’. He was talking about my anti-smoking stance.

But anyways back to the big-bellied man. He was still chomping away after Bert had finished the mini-fry. Only by now he was looking a bit bored with it and his jaws seemed weary as he chowed down. His hunger was satisfied but he carried on eating. And that’s how you get a great big belly.

Just another observation – I reckon that the proportion of obese people inside the café was far greater that the proportion out on the street.

3 Comments:

Anonymous ed said...

Bored eating fried food? That man doesn't deserve said food if he's not going to enjoy it...

6:19 pm  
Blogger Nelly said...

But he obviously hadn't the metabolism for it. Maybe he had when he was young. Like you....

6:39 pm  
Anonymous ed said...

Yup. And I plan to make the most of it, then die, immensely fat, in my early 40s.

Everyone should have such a plan.

9:24 am  

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