In 1968, I was required to take a physical examination in order...

In 1968, I was required to take a physical examination in order to be eligible for a life insurance policy. The physician found only one problem. I was overweight by twenty pounds.

The friendly doctor made a humorous remark about the extra poundage, but my inner reaction was one of frustration and anger. I was angry at the doctor for having discovered the problem. I was angry at my mother for having produced the problem by feeding me so many high-calorie foods. I was angry at myself for having indulged in so many high-calorie foods.

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