Ack! Saying Goodbye to Cathy

Our favorite neurotic character is headed to that weight-loss clinic in the sky

On Sunday, October 3, everyone’s favorite weight-obsessed comic strip character will deliver her final, “Ack!” That’s right, Cathy is coming to an end.

For years, we’ve laughed knowingly at her inability to control herself around chocolate or chuckled at her failure to stick to Atkins, liquid diets and more. In a recent Washington Post interview with Cathy creator Cathy Guisewite, we learned that the artist struggled with weight gain in college and having shed the pounds, finds herself apologizing to fans when they meet her and realize she’s thin.

Cathy -- the character -- offers these final words of advice to fans who continue to struggle with weight and food: “I want women to know I'm always going to be right there with them. Right next to them in the grocery store, wasting another lunch hour trying to decipher fat grams on the microwavable meal boxes... right there with them, weeping on the floors of the swimsuit and lingerie dressing rooms... right there with them at the kitchen counter, making exercise promises as we open our ninth 100-calorie snack pack of the evening. Right there with them on the edge of the bottomless pit of hope that we'll all do just a teensy bit better tomorrow.”

With Cathy gone, who will we turn to for our daily dose of cartoon neuroses? We have a few ideas:

Garfield: Binge Eating Disorder

Popeye: Bigarexia

Olive Oyl: Anorexic

Superman: Split personality disorder

Dilbert: Agoraphobia (Did he ever leave his office?)

Love Is…: Codependency

Charlie Brown: Clinical depression

Pigpen: Hoarder

Lucy: Sadomasochism
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