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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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INTRODUCTION

How My Life Changed with One Sentence

On a sticky summer evening back in the 1990s, I sit in a chair in a therapist’s office and cry. My body, I tell her, is too fleshy, too hungry, too uncontained. It doesn’t look like the bodies I see five hundred times a day*online, on TV, in magazines, and on billboards. It doesn’t look the way it’s supposed to, the way I want it to. There have been years when it did, when I weighed and measured and wrote down everything I ate, worked out twice a day, pummeled my body into shape. Inevitably, though, it reverts to its natural state. Like now, when it’s thirty or forty pounds heavier than I want it to be. Than it should be.

I’m here because I want someone to fix me. Specifically, to tell me how ...

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