A revelation: On discovering that people can be any age, shape or size

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BB has noticed, since being in England, that there are a large number of grannies who aren’t just on a two-week holiday, but actually live here.

It’s a reminder that society in Dubai is sharply skewed towards younger people: families with small kids, older children and teens, and 20-somethings who’ve moved to Dubai to work hard and play hard at the city’s bars and beach clubs.

There are no communities of grey-haired grannies living the good life in Dubai. Aside from issues such as the high cost of living, frenetic pace of life and the heat, it’s tricky to obtain a residency visa once you’re 60 years old. So expats in the UAE have two choices: to repatriate to their home country or become a ‘rebound expat’ and choose another country, such as Cyprus, Spain or Portugal, in which to retire.

So it’s always nice – and very refreshing – to see the full range of society on our trips to England. And that leads me to something else BB has spotted: the fact that there are a fair few people here who are, shall we say, rather portly.

Dubai, in comparison, is geared up for thin people, from the smaller clothing sizes for the Asian worker population to the size10 svelte image aspired to by Jumeirah Janes.

JJ might even consider surgery to keep up with the ladies she lunches with three times a week

In an attempt to lose some baby weight, I joined a Weight Watchers-type group in the UAE and as we sat sipping skinny lattes in the Art Cafe, I realised it was the slimmest group of slimmers I’d ever seen. I swear no-one was bigger than a size 14.

The downside of BB realising that obesity is common in the UK is he’s also noticed my still-not-what-it-once-was tummy.

“Is there a baby inside?” he asked the other day, his eyes wide with horror.

“Nooooooo,” I screeched indignantly. “Absolutely not. Never. Ever. Again.”

He blames the fact I don’t race around the whole time pretending to be a train, like he does. I blame my mum’s delicious apple and raspberry crumble, with custard of course, which I’ve become rather partial to this holiday.

So, now, because it’s so light in the evenings here, I do what BB calls my evening exercise. I don my exercise shoes – not quite trainers but shoes I can power walk in – and do two laps round the park. It’s not much, but I’m hoping it’ll keep me from acquiring slummy mummy status while on my summer hols.

4 thoughts on “A revelation: On discovering that people can be any age, shape or size

  1. Spot-on observation that applies here, too! Korean women are so petite – one of the Women’s Club handbooks I was given stated that you should plan on ordering your shoes online if you had ‘bigger’ feet, eg “above US size 8 (5.5 in the UK).” Same thing goes for clothes. Had to look up ‘Jumeirah Jane’ although I was pretty sure I understood from context. We have those here, too, although I have no idea what they’re called!

    • Jumeirah Jane took a big hit in the recession tho – leading to the headline ‘the Jane drain’! A whole new blog i think…! My friend who lived in Singapore, who is a completely normal size, said she felt like Shrek in comparison to the Asian women!!!

  2. Molly Gryskiewicz says:

    M you are so funny…even with surgery…this mommy is still a size 12!!! The hips have turned and the muscles have stretch (even with the muscle repair that goes with the tummy tuck), those darn pregnancies. Maybe this mommy should be working harder at the eating light and exercise lots!!!

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