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The Biggest Secret of Being Thin

My last post was about first impressions based on your clothing – or lack of it. Feel free to be yourself.

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I apologize for not posting here for a couple of weeks. But while you’re on vacation, I’ll be working hard on Psych Central. 🙂

First week of June, I couldn’t resist a cartoon about ice cream. Something happened IRL that made me think of this cartoon, and even the idea for it.

The Studio City (Los Angeles) Ralphs grocery store sometimes has bargains on 2nd day baked goods, and I love a bargain. Their doughnuts aren’t anything to write home about, but after 4 PM they sell 5 or 6 in a box for only $1.50. Good deal, right?

ice cream sundaeThis time, when I walked smartly over to the bakery case, a tall thin woman reached for the sale boxes at the same time I did. Quick decisions had to be made, so I grabbed a couple that had one or 2 “good” pastries in them. She took a different box but hovered right there, looking at mine in my shopping cart, and considering even more boxes in the case.

When I say she was thin, I mean Size 0, or more probably 00 or even 000. Yes, those sizes exist in Hollywood. (I am what you might call Normal sized.)

Real Simple has an article about the secrets of thin people, and psychologist Stephen Gullo says that thin people love food as much as regular folks.

Now, I don’t know if that woman had any kind of eating disorder, or just does 3 hours of Pilates a day, or follows these secrets of being thin.

But at least we know she follows the most important rule of dieting: she doesn’t skip breakfast!

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The Biggest Secret of Being Thin

Donna Barstow

Cartoonist for LA Times, Parade, WSJ, Glamour, PsychCentral, Barron's, Weight Watchers, and textbooks & Chicken Soup books. Author and editor of 2 cartoon books and a Barnes & Noble calendar.

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