Concerned friends of Nanette Harper of Nashville, Tennessee, started to worry that Nanette had exceeded the extra 30 to 40 pounds that they all comfortably carry, and might be getting a little too fat.
"It's a delicate subject, and you don't want to overstep," said Cindy McIntire, Nanette's best friend since childhood, who, at 170 pounds on her five-foot-five frame, is a good several pounds under the obesity threshold. "But when you care about someone, it's hard not to say something."
Their mutual friend, Katie Dickinson, did say something. "I told her she needed to go the keto diet, just for a week or two," said only-barely-obese Katie. "And we'd support her - full-fat heavy cream, no-bun burgers, whatever it took."
Ultimately, it was her friends' whole-hearted - and full-fat - compassion that got through to Nanette in a way that their sound nutritional advice had never before been able to. She agreed to go on the keto diet for ten days, starting the following Monday.
Relieved beyond words at the success of their intervention, Nanette's girl-pals took her out for a no-holds-barred, three-course brunch that Sunday, to celebrate the start of her new, healthy life - and to remind her that, while she might have gotten slightly too fat, it was also important not to restrict.
"It would just be terrible if she turned anorexic," said Cindy. "But we won't let that happen. We've got her back."