I received an unsettling comment to my Top Ten List of Fears About Joining the Peace Corps post #4: The Peace Corps will find out that joining was just part of an elaborate weight loss scheme for me. Here is an extract from that comment:
Although from what I hear, women can actually put on weight because of the way that females process carbohydrates, particularly in areas with starch-rich diets like Sub-Saharan Africa.
That would be one of the cruelest hoaxes ever. To knowingly leave my neighborhood where within .2 miles I can purchase a tuna sub from Subway, a quarter pounder with cheese from McDonalds, Reese’s Pieces from 7-11, and ice cream from Baskin Robbins and move to an area where all fast food will be eliminated and actually GAIN WEIGHT?! I believe this is entirely possible. Especially given my carbohydrate-challenged metabolism.
So what do I do with this information? Do I obsess over it? Do I deny the possibility? No, I do neither. I enjoy my remaining months in my neighborhood and each time I order a quarter pounder with cheese I give thanks that any weight I gain is a result of a decadent food choice and not one of survival.