Like many women, I've often distilled body image into a series of cold hard numbers: pounds, dress size, calories, carbs. But it wasn't always this way. In fact, the first time I realized weight would be an issue in my life, it was all about words.
I was in grade school, age 10, and heavy. On the playground at recess, the barbs began. They weren't clever -- "Whale," "Fatso," "Cow" -- but they worked.