The joy of ego-busting

FROM my early teens until my mid-twenties, losing weight was a perennial goal. That Glamour magazine perfection was only 20 pounds away!

There wasn't as much awareness then of the oversold ideal of female thinness. I'd never heard of eating disorders. But in common language, I guess I would have fallen into the category of a binge eater. On top of normal meals, I frequently ransacked the cupboards and refrigerator, consuming almost anything I could find with just about no control. Once when I was renting a room where I couldn't stock much food, I ate margarine straight out of the tub, simply because it was there.

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February 18, 2002

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