You Can Never Be Too Thin

FE14F934-4761-409F-8003-D4AA89A8B4AC“Hey Janet” Marilyn said to an old friend that she hadn’t seen in years when she saw her at the fitness center.

“Marilyn, is that really you?” Janet asked. “You look great. Have you been on a starvation diet? You’re skinny as a rail.”

Hearing that from her friend, Marilyn was ecstatic. “Oh thank you, Janet. Yes, I’ve been on this fantastic new diet. And coupled with a rigorous excercise regiment, I’ve lost almost 80 pounds.”

“That’s amazing,” Janet said. “I’ve tried all kinds of diets and none of them have worked for me.”

“Would you want to try the one I’ve been on?” Marilyn asked.

“I guess,” Janet said. “But I really should run it by my doctor. She told me to be watchful about jumping into fad diets.”

“I get it, Janet,” Marilyn said. “These days, there are so many scam diets around, but I can assure you that this one I’m on is rock solid. Just look at me. I look great, don’t I?”

“Well, to be honest, Marilyn,” Janet said, “You look emaciated. You’re too damn skinny.”

“Oh, Janet,” Marilyn said. “Don’t you know that there are two things you can never be: too rich and too thin.”


Written for these daily prompts: Swimmers (diet), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ecstatic), Word of the Day Challenge (guess), Your Daily Word Prompt (watchful), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (rock).

11 thoughts on “You Can Never Be Too Thin

  1. Marilyn Armstrong February 24, 2019 / 6:00 pm

    When I got that thin, people became alarmed, thought I looked like I’d just gotten out of a concentration camp and noticed that I was kind of yellow. They were right. I was really ill. Surgery near death ill.

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  2. Marleen February 24, 2019 / 11:25 pm

    I grew up observing my mother and her sister who, would comment on, more criticize, how people (females) looked at family get-togethers. I was hardly the subject of the scrutiny, but I was annoyed that anyone was… it having primarily to do with carrying more weight than they, the twins, considered acceptable. On the other hand, my dad grew up being told he was too thin and to eat more (he ate plenty and wasn’t sickly). One day, my mom and dad and my husband and I (as well as our children) were at my brother-in-law’s and sister–in-law’s house, visiting. My brother-in-law had lost some weight (unintentiinally) due to stopping drinking. My dad didn’t know this, about the drinking, and, as he said goodbye, said, “Don’t lose any more weight,” with a caring smile. While my dad’s intentions were kind, while my mom’s and aunt’s were not, I just think everybody should really think twice or a few times before commenting on someone’s weight.

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  3. talesfromthemindofkristian February 25, 2019 / 4:17 am

    I once made the mistake of saying ‘you can’t be too thin’ to a work colleague of mine, a lovely lady who always seemed so placid. I didn’t know that she had suffered from anorexia in her youth and had nearly died. I will never forget the tongue lashing she gave me. A valuable lesson for me.

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  4. Melanie B Cee February 25, 2019 / 9:40 am

    To ME? (firmly in the ‘fat’ camp for life), yeah you can be too thin. I once knew a woman whose height was 5’8 or 5’9…heck she might have been 6′ tall. She weighed about 98 pounds (had anorexia). Now there’s the example of too freakin’ thin. She looked like a skeleton covered with skin and frankly awful. I don’t know what happened to her, and I hope she got some help, but I’ve never worried so much about my weight since. It comes, it goes, and like that old cartoon…if you get too comfortable with your fat cells they’ll never want to leave; ignore them and sometimes they just melt away. Besides. I’m too old to worry about such trivial stuff now.

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