… in which I discuss my own body image issues in some detail.
Last week I listed to a podcast on weight and body image. Hearing women describe their parents’ criticism of their bodies in childhood was shocking. That is not my story. Nevertheless, I asked myself, “do I remember any comments critical of my body from vulnerable times?” One instance came to mind: in early elementary, a gymnastics teacher pointed out my saddlebags and told my mom they were a hindrance to my ability to perform the moves. I could have used a few more years before I had to notice them.
Fast forward to today. Most of my wardrobe mistakes stem from trying to wish away my thighs. When I weigh 145, I look normal and my clothes fit fine; at 135, I start getting ambitious about being able to wear other silhouettes. The wrong silhouettes.
The solution is to stick to my natural silhouette. And my next action, after realizing this, was to biff the magic underwear. Any garment which needs them should be replaced with one that doesn’t.