overweight confidence-leached citizens

MaryamSeresht

Senior Member
Persian
Hi,

I guess the red part means fat or overweight citizens empty of any confidence. Am I right?

"In fact a large number of people wished to cling to him like a plank during a shipwreck-not only fellow Zanzibaris and fellow illegals but Americans, too; overweight confidence-leached citizens he teased when they lunched alone on a pizza slice...."

Thanks.
It's part of Inheritance of Loss, a novel by Kiran Desai.
 
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  • owlman5

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    English-US
    These people are insecure, Maryam. They have lost their self-confidence because they are overweight. Their confidence has been "leached" or drained away.
     
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