essays by shé

Tag: body image

  • Essay #23: billboards

    I spent last week in Southern California, where I grew up. Huge billboards line the freeways, featuring smiling women or men, posing sideways, with the phone number: 1-800-GET-THIN. “I lost 100 pounds!” they boast. Lap band surgery. My stomach hurts just thinking about it. I have felt fat most of my life, regardless of actual…