Yes, I would like the salad….with extra Ranch. Does this sound familiar to any of you? Let me explain why I am asking. I was listening to a morning radio show on my way to work last Friday and they had the owner of a pizza place on as a guest. They were discussing how patrons routinely steal items such as salt, pepper and cheese shakers from the restaurant. One of the hosts commented about how much money this must cost the owner. The owner went on to explain that patrons even break things sometimes and he gave the example of someone breaking a pedestal sink in the restroom. He said that the customer that broke the sink was on the ‘larger side’. The radio host said, “Ohhhhhhh, I understand. She was the type that should have been ordering the salad, instead of the pizza”. To which the pizza shop owner replied: “No, she did order the salad…with extra Ranch. That’s how that goes, you know”.
Now I admit I am a little crazy, and at times I can be overly sensitive, but hearing this really sent me through a range of emotions. I got the impression that the pizza shop owner was implying that overweight people try to ‘act’ like we’re eating healthy by ordering the salad but we’re still managing to sneak in those additional calories by ordering extra Ranch salad dressing with it! So I was embarrassed when I heard this, since I myself order a salad a lot of the times when I eat out. The reason I order the salad is because, believe it or not, I don’t eat a lot of fried food and I try to stay away from high carb meals. I personally don’t ask for extra dressing with my salad because I know (from all my failed dieting experiences) that the dressing is packed with a lot of calories. But think of all the people that are ordering the salad thinking that they are making a healthy choice not realizing that there are so many calories in the dressing!
I also became somewhat angry and frustrated after hearing the host’s and pizza shop owner’s comments. I realized this is really a ‘no-win’ situation for the overweight person. If you order the pizza, you’re judged as ‘not deserving of pizza’ since you are overweight. But if you order the salad, you are just ‘pretending’ to eat healthy. So what should we do?
As for me, I will keep on ordering whatever I want when I dine out. The last thing I need to do is create a ‘rule’ about what I can eat, where. I have decided that if the restaurant staff finds humor in what I order, then so be it. It is just a little service I can provide at no extra cost! But I am interested in hearing what others have to say about this. What about you, what do you think?
Well did anyone watch Glee’s “A Very Glee Christmas” episode this week? My kids couldn’t miss this one, especially since they have been listening all week to a CD of the songs from this episode. As always the singing was great and I enjoyed it. However, I was once again disappointed in how the character Lauren was portrayed.
In this episode, we first see Lauren when the Glee Clubbers are decorating the chorus room for Christmas with a ‘second-hand’ tree and decorations. Mr. Schuester enters and tells the Glee Clubbers that Christmas is not supposed to be that way but kids imply that second-hand stuff is good enough for them because although they have won sectionals two years in a row, they still don’t get treated with respect by the other students at the school. They then show a clip of 3 of the Glee Clubbers walking down the hall at the school being pelted by other students with green ‘slushie’ drinks. One of the kids remarks that they likely just take real slush from the parking lot and add food coloring to which Lauren replies “you can eat that you know".
Then we don’t hear from Lauren again until later in the episode when the Glee Clubbers are decorating a new tree that Mr. Schuester bought for them to replace the sad, used tree. A few of them are stringing popcorn but every time the camera moves to Lauren she is eating the popcorn. Even when she speaks her lines she is eating the popcorn! Next, we see Lauren when the Glee Clubbers go to visit Santa because Brittany believes in Santa. Artie convinces each member that they have to sit on Santa’s lap and tell Santa what they want for Christmas to keep the magic alive for Brittany. What does Lauren say to Santa when it is her turn to sit on his lap? “I would like Puckerman to love me. He's a fox. I would also like sweet potato fries." And then, in case that wasn’t enough food references, at the end of the episode when the kids surprise Mr. Schuester at home on Christmas Eve and are decorating a Christmas tree for him, Lauren can be seen standing behind the tree eating a cookie.
Once again, this episode reinforces the negative stereotypes of overweight people. I am also concerned about the message that this sends to overweight children and their peers that watch this show.
The show will be on hiatus until February. I am hopeful that when it returns, we will learn more about Lauren. What about you. What do you think?