Did Lesser, Smaller, Slimmer, Slender Ever Really Equal Better?

I thought so, for a while.

Amanda Hanemaayer
Published in
4 min readDec 19, 2021

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CW: If you have a history of disordered eating, please feel free to skip this article. While written from a position of feeling fully recovered, I acknowledge that others are at different stages in their journey. If you need help or support, the National Eating Disorder Association offers a toll-free helpline at

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Amanda Hanemaayer

Striving to live a life defined by empathy | writing about climate change, public health and social justice