In watching the reruns this month of "Ugly Betty," I have picked up a sharper sense of Amanda and her binge eating.
For those who haven't jumped on the bandwagon of the ABC-TV show, Amanda is the skinny receptionist. But if binge eating was an Olympic sport, she'd be gold.
The image in my head of Amanda as she took the roof off the gingerbread house might have a permanent home in my brain it was so funny.
In the Thanksgiving episode, Amanda was eating cashews in Wilhelmina's office. Wilhelmina (played by Vanessa Williams) wonders who at Mode would be consuming something that contains 15 grams of fat per serving.
Becki Newton (right) plays these binge-eating scenes in a hilarious fashion. It's a credit to her work that we see it as funny and yet sad.
I realize binge eating is not a funny topic, and it really is sad watching her wolf down food. She is not glorifying the binge eating, and that is good.
Amanda's episodes are triggered by stress of some kind, usually nervousness. I eat more when I'm nervous, but never a gingerbread house's roof.
I am ultimately curious as to where this is going. I admit I follow the show, and I read other reactions. Quite a few have noticed Amanda's food episodes. Many eyes will watch to see what happens to Amanda.