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

Cyndy Etler | Teen Coach | Author
12 min readAug 10, 2021

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 and my stepbrother. I rocked Woolworth…

Cyndy Etler | Teen Coach | Author

Locked up & homeless as a teen. Now teaching resiliency & hope with my YA memoirs & teen coaching. Seen on CNN, HuffPost, NPR, CBS, ABC.