Peace and Food

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I stood in the middle of the living room as my mother pinned my new jeans to hem them. (I was about to enter the seventh grade.) The front door opened, and a neighbor walked in. The neighbor took one look at me and said, “She’s getting fat!” That was the beginning of my first diet. I began to starve myself, eating only a piece of fruit or lettuce daily. I would lose 10 or 15 pounds (5 or 7 kg) and then decide I could eat again. This starving-and bingeing cycle went on through college. One time I ran

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