After years of working with women who come through the doors of Green Mountain at Fox Run, worried about their weight while they’re going through treatment for life-threatening illnesses such as breast or other cancer, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. But this from a Washington Post interview of Jill Carroll after her release from kidnappers in Iraq does make me throw up my hands in despair:
“Three months without exercise had made her face round. Her captors had treated her well, she said, and she never dared turn down their offers of meals or candy for fear of giving offense. I’m fat, she said.”
As a journalist covering a story of international interest, I know that’s a subject to which I’d devote a whole paragraph out of a relatively short piece (NOT). Other topics covered: her telephone reunion with her family, her shock over the world-wide prayers on her behalf, her shock that Iraq still hadn’t formed a government. Yeah, I guess that’s right – her weight is a topic of equal import (NOT).