Cyndy Etler

Aug 10, 2021

12 min read

How I Finally Killed the Thin Person Inside Me Trying to Escape

It only took four decades.

Confident plump girl wearing ripped jeans and crop top sits amongst trees.
Photo by Meital Anlen on Unsplash

In Connecticut, where I grew up, the advertising wasn’t subtle. It was stitched onto throw pillows, displayed in place of pride: “You Can Never Be Too Rich or Too Thin.”

The rich part I had no say in. I was a free lunch kid. I shared a bedroom with my stepsister my stepbrother. I rocked Woolworth…