Armed with this new knowledge I go to the gym where this complete overhaul doesn’t seem to have kicked in yet, as Hairy Guy is there and still blanking me. I pull myself together and do arms and abs and some back for good measure and go home, where…
…I turn the TV on and Frederik’s new show in on Channel 4. And this is a show about dieting and slimming products, diet surgery and extreme weight loss regimes (or so I’m told by the Channel 4 website) and in this first installment Frederik oversees a magnificent social experiment, a potential breakthrough in medical science, the dieting equivalent of the movies Freaky Friday and Big: a superskinny undereater swaps diet and lifestyle with an overweight overeater.
At this point I remember that Frederik is a friend who admitted to me recently that he once overdosed on Xenical – a prescription weight loss drug – which led to a loss of bowel control with hilarious consequences (story here). So I watch this programme for a bit trying to see if he will slip that overweight overeater any Xenical at some point, but he doesn’t seem to do so or at least he doesn’t do so in front of a camera.
In any case, maybe this series is worth watching just to see if the Xenical story will resurface at any point, perhaps told by Frederik to some unfortunate binge-eater, as form of encouragement in a touching one-on-one moment sitting behind the desk at his surgery, leaning forward holding the overeater’s hands: “Yes Sharon, I, too, am concerned with maintaining the ideal body weight. But unlike you, I have access to potent prescription drugs smuggled from Venezuela”.
Finally for today, have I bought the world’s biggest skiing mask or do I have the world’s smallest head or are they all supposed to look like that? Try to picture this surrounded by snow and mountains and French though, don’t just look at me lying on the floor in my London flat.
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