On a warm spring afternoon, 28-year-old Ye Xiaoxian keeps her eyes glued to her comp
uter screen as she chats with female co-workers in an office in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.
Her concentration is only broken when a colleague offers a plate of snacks.
“I’ve already eaten a chicken drumstick, three pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of potato chips, half a bowl of white rice and som
e walnuts. My thighs will swell if I eat these snacks,” Ye said, reluctantly pushing the plate away.
Her colleague, pinching Ye lightly on the forearm, replied: “Come on, you are not fat at all. I am the elephant in the room.”
But Ye, popping a slice of pineapple into her mouth, responded, “No, I don’t e
ven feel like eating dinner tonight and I really should renew my gym membership.”