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When I was in middle school a friend of mine, who lived across the street, once commented that she could eat whatever she wanted and not gain a pound.
I was engulfed in jealousy when I heard this – how could it be so easy for some people to maintain a tiny physique when others are faced with a lifelong, seemingly impossible challenge to get thin? I’ve tried to convince myself that I am like my middle school friend; however, no matter how hard I twist the facts, the truth is I am not a part of the same group.
This should be an easy truth for me to accept since no one else in my family shares the same delusions. I have family members who express honest opinions about their and everyone else’s bodies. Some relatives, my grandmother, for one, have never been overweight. The scale has always been a good friend to them. Whereas I refer to my scale as the devil’s invention and it sits ignored and coated in dust on the top shelf in the bathroom.
There are other family members who are diet gurus. They have the food pyramid memorized and all the fat and sugar they consume fits neatly into that small, top pier of the triangle. We share blood but yet it appears something different is running through my veins.
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