This column will make you slimBMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7673 (Published 30 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7673
- Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor
When I was a boy my mother had a book with the title Eat and Grow Beautiful. As my mother was already beautiful I could not see the point of her having the book but supposed that it was because of the author’s splendid name: Gayelord Hauser. For myself, I was disappointed that however much I ate I did not grow beautiful. Perhaps it was because I ate all the wrong things, such as chocolate biscuits. If I hadn’t eaten so many I should have been a film star by now.
All flesh is grass, of course, but few of us are a well tended lawn. Just how many of us are dissatisfied with ourselves, …