His coworkers called Mark fat. Behind his back, but never to his face. Human Resources banned body shaming. Instead they recommended intermittent fasting, keto diets, and fancy gym equipment.
Science said fat was stored energy his body may call upon. He preferred that explanation.
Ten minutes of exercise increases life span by eight minutes, he read. What a waste of two minutes.
His plane went down during his summer vacation. Most passengers survived the crash but starved on a deserted island awaiting rescue.
A boat rescued Mark six months later—the new Mark, who had lost more than a hundred pounds.