Raising Daughters Without Body Issues When We Never Even Fixed Our Own
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Once at a family reunion, when I was 16, one of my aunts, upon seeing me, loudly announced,
"Oh, Lord, look at Sissy, she's going to be BIG like the rest of us!"
I suppose I must have chunked up a bit since she last laid eyes on me. It was Thanksgiving 1979 and I didn't touch a bite of food the rest of the day. At 16, I had zero knowledge or awareness of the eating disorder epidemic that was about to sweep the country. I just knew I wanted in.
My aunt's comment ignited a resolved determination in me that ran unchecked for many years. I clearly remember thinking, "Over my dead body am I going to be BIG like the rest of you!"
I was in good company because every girl I knew had "body issues" in the 80s. Seems like everyone was a dot somewhere on the spectrum, even if it didn't entirely run their lives. There were anorexics, bulimics and they even coined the term "bulorexic" for the girls that couldn't quite commit.
I'm not exactly sure what I was - I was ne...
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