People look at me and form an opinion: appearance does influence people’s thinking. If I’m overweight, others might think I’m undisciplined, but what they don’t realize is that compulsive eating is an illness. I am a person of color who has been in OA thirty-five years. I have around a 50-pound (23- kg) weight loss. When I came in, I listened but tried to prove to the program that this was not an illness. When I was young, my father was a carpenter. This was at a time when people of color were not accepted in the carpenters’ union, so

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