Enormous Proportions

I’ve used today’s Story A Day prompt: Ripped From the Headlines. I went with this headline: WHO report: 74% of men and 64% of women in UK to be overweight by 2030. There’s a bit in there about the food industry pointing towards what they’re doing – yeah, right, I thought. And that gave me the idea for the story – et voilà:

Enormous Proportions

‘Skinny cow,’ the fat woman hisses. Getting out of the way of a huge bloke, I bumped into her chair. I feel the eyes of the other fatsos on me. A smile tugs on the corners of my mouth.

‘She didn’t even take sirup in her coffee,’ the barista faux-murmurs.

I didn’t go for the triple-chocolate brownie upsell, either. But I approve of the barista’s efforts. Poor sheep they can’t help themselves. They don’t know how food marketing works. I do. I run many successful campaigns.

I love watching fat people. Even when they call me a cow.

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10 thoughts on “Enormous Proportions

      1. no matter! I don’t find it yet. I’m so hectic… 😀 I wanted to write a story everyday, but hard to find its time… I have to force myself for it. 🙂

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  1. You know, there’s part of me that really believes that’s how marketing execs think. I hope they’re merely professionals working hard for their clients, but you can’t help but think they must feel smug if they successfully sell us a terrible product that’s bad for us.
    Great story and a really good take on the headline. Pass me a cake, please 🙂

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    1. I used to work in marketing (not by choice, I got moved from department to department until I ended up there) and learnt some things I’d rather not have known… Familiarity, contempt etc.
      Thank you and enjoy your cake 🙂

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  2. Ughhsss.. between the marketing execs and the food industry here in the US, we will all be enormous by 2030! Thanks for bringing awareness to this!

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  3. That your story springs from personal experience is chilling… And to be honest, I would’ve thought those percentages would be higher- a visit to my local supermarket would suggest we’ve already reached those numbers.
    With obesity and an ageing population, it’s no wonder the NHS is on its knees. But hey, it’s election day, so I’m sure it’ll all be sorted out over the next five years by a government who only want the best for us all 😉

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