Today the New York Times confirms something we’ve known and held sacred in our hearts for ages: We are the thinnest county in New York State. Probably one of — if not the — thinnest in the country. Whereas 67 percent of the nation’s population is overweight, only 42 percent of Manhattan’s population is overweight. And sometimes — okay, all the time — being skinny is all that matters, especially in fashion. Screw job performance, screw health, screw a general state of happiness — nothing is more important than showing up at a party and being one of the thinnest people there. Besides, being thin leads to things.
“My mom always says, ‘The smaller the dress size, the larger the apartment,’ ” said one lifelong Upper East Sider, who said she did not want to be named because she disapproves of the maxim.
Frankly, most of the rich people quoted in the Times article say equally obnoxious things. They all confess to being gym and salad obsessives, and their heights and weights are all listed in the article. But at least, unlike fashion models, these folks admit they put a lot of time, effort, and thought into staying skinny. Where as models “eat burritos and brownie pie all day” and “never exercise.” Because that is even more obnoxious.