Maybe Obesity Isn't the Problem

October 2, 2014 9:11 PM

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Maybe Obesity Isn't the Problem

I had gastric bypass surgery in 2003 and lost over half my body weight in less than a year. Six months later I was fully healed. For about a month I was at the top of my game: I wasn't in pain, shopping for jeans was almost as satisfying as getting laid, and for the first time in my life strangers smiled at me on the street. For once I was a woman in a body most people approved of. High on, "Wow, you look great!" and the novelty of my own reflection in the mirror, my demons -- shame and addiction -- took a little vacation.

But people got used to seeing me in a size 6, and the novelty of being slim wore thin. I was high on being skinny, but I was building a tolerance. Over time, the stranger smiles felt less magical. Shame -- the idea that there's something wrong with me -- came home, strong as ever. I looked in the mi...

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