How It Didn't Happen
Interestingly, Jeff does a decent job of raising the issue of Courtney's weight, saying that it was hard not to wonder if she was anorexic when looking at her. He says that she started the show at 93 lbs. and left at 86 lbs. -- which is only about a 7.5% drop in her weight, not really a big percentage for spending thirty-nine days in the wild, except for how tiny she started out. Courtney says that she's gotten this all her life from well-meaning people and "Health teachers" and so forth, and I'm sure it's true. She insists that this is just the way she is, and that she's fine. I'm not sure I believe she's entirely fine, but I do think most people with huge, looming anorexia-type issues don't make as many self-deprecating remarks about how small and skinny they are as Courtney does, so I tend to think she may actually be that rare person who's built very, very skinny by nature, just as there are rare people who are built very, very heavy by nature. At any rate, she doesn't seem to mind having it brought up; and it's certainly not a new experience for her. Jeff says, "Your weight now is actually more than it was when the show started," and she's like, "Thanks!," all faux-fended about being called fat, which is stupid, but whatever; this is the kind of insightless conversation people feel obligated to have with hamheads like Jeff Probst. Jeff asks Courtney whether she enjoyed any of it, because she looked miserable so much of the time. She tells him that much of it sucked, but that she's proud to have survived in a situation so far out of her normal experience. She calls herself a "barfly," which is a little bit great, and says she's often asleep during the day under normal circumstances. You can understand why maybe it's okay that she doesn't like kids, because I'm not sure she lives an entirely kid-friendly lifestyle.