We are not born desiring or rejecting bodies according to their particular dimensions.

We are not born loathing or fearing or being comfortable with our own and other people’s thin or fat bodies. We are educated into these feelings.

In other words, our body responses, which register as sensations, affect, emotions, tacit leanings, tastes, and a whole realm of vaguely defined spidery feelings, are a social construct.

How we feel about things as adults is strongly impacted by the collective and familial circumstances, customs, and values of our upbringing.

Take food. Depending on our identities, geographical and cultural location, and…

Lucy Aphramor

Lucy Aphramor is a poetitian — a radical dietitian and performance poet. They developed the health justice approach Well Now. www.lucyaphramor.com

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