I have always been thin. Sometimes, even “too thin.” It’s the body type I was born with, and it has afforded me both positive and negative experiences. Positive: When the ultra-thin waif supermodel look was in, i.e. Kate Moss in the 90s, I was all set. Negative: I was teased as a child for being so tall and thin and I felt painfully awkward and shy. I never felt strong, athletic, or womanly, and my teachers regularly questioned my mom about whether I had an eating disorder (I didn’t). The childbearing phase of a woman’s life brings with it a whole host of additional body image issues. As...
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