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“The main problem . . . centers in his mind, rather than in his body” (Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., p. 23). Ever since I can remember, I looked in the mirror and honed in on the flaws of my body: the soft protruding belly of adolescence, the irregular dimples on my left buttock, the way my inner thighs jiggled when I ran. Though I wasn’t sure of much in those earlier years, I was sure that when people looked at me, the flaws were all they saw. I lived with this skewed perception all my life. I thought if I could

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