THE NARRATIVE ARC

I Survived Growing Up in a Fatphobic Household

In my mother’s house, we were always on a diet

Christine Schoenwald
The Narrative Arc
Published in
5 min readMay 18, 2024

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A woman with long blonde hair wearing a white sweater, with an amused look on her face.
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I grew up in a middle-class family on a pretty tree-lined street. I had what I needed to survive: a roof over my head, clothing, and three meals a day. By all accounts, I was privileged. But I lacked sympathy, encouragement, and unconditional love.

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Christine Schoenwald
The Narrative Arc

Writer for The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Next Avenue, Business Insider, and Your Tango Christineschoenwaldwriter.com