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Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight--and What We Can Do about It by Harriet Brown

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Chapter 6

It’s All in How You Look at It

              “You know what the meanest thing you can say to a fat girl is? ‘You’re not fat.’”

—“Fat waitress” Vanessa, played by actress Sarah Baker,

in a scene from Louis C.K.’s comedy series Louie

A few years back, I got the chance to interview the executive chef at a hospice. I was fascinated by her descriptions of how she worked with patients to offer both nutrition and emotional comfort through food. She visited each resident every morning to ask what, if anything, he or she could eat and wanted to eat; many of them could no longer eat, or had problems tasting or digesting certain foods. And then she came up with creative ways to work with the patients.

For instance, for someone who loved chocolate ...

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