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The Virago

You Want Thin? I’ll Give You Thin!

Body, Food, Family, and the Pantomime of Love

Photo by Chris Charles on Unsplash

For the first five years after I reached my adult height of 5’6”, I forced my weight to remain below one hundred pounds. You want thin? I’d pantomime while obsessively counting calories, performing jumping jacks in the kitchen, or walking mile after mile after mile. I’ll give you thin!

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Aimee Liu

Aimee Liu

Author, Asian-American novels (Glorious Boy), nonfiction on eating disorders (Gaining), writing, wellness. Published @Hachette. MFA & more@ aimeeliu.net