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Spaghetti Betty - Struggles with Emotional Eating

Updated on February 11, 2014

There once was a poor soul named Betty
Who really enjoyed eating spaghetti.
But, eating too much spaghetti made her fat.
She really should quit eating so much of that.

“Go for a walk, you say?
No, thank you. Not today.”

One day while getting dressed
Betty’s pants did not fit anymore.
This makes her depressed because
They were the biggest size she could buy in the store.

Betty wants to cry,
Eat a couple of doughnuts,
Maybe even a pie.

“Ugly in the mirror
is what I see
Staring at my reflection
Looking back at me.
So fat and hideous
As big as a house.
How can anyone love me
When such monstrosity abounds?”

Betty vows to lose weight
Even though she is scared to try.
Too many people laugh and stare.
It is hard to act as if she does not care.

Betty knows to get fit
Sitting on the couch constantly she has to quit.
That is the whole reason her pants will not zip.

She can no longer cope with her pain
by eating cake or
medicate with marshmallows,
ignore the problems with ice cream,
or drown her sorrows with doughnuts.

Time to be strong.
Time to eat right.
Time to get moving.
Time to love herself and
enjoy her life.


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    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great poem, but made me crave spaghetti.

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      lcbenefield 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Jackie for reading and commenting. Glad you liked it. Enjoy your spaghetti.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Sad and funny at the same time. It's definitely necessary to start eating healthy food and having more exercise. Thank you for the reminder!

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      lcbenefield 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by, Blossom.

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