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After Years of Obsessively Counting Calories, I Finally Learned to Trust My Body

Warning: some things discussed in this personal essay may be triggering to those with a history of disordered eating.

Like many people, I fell prey to at a young age. When I was just 7, my pediatrician innocuously asked, "So, what do you normally have for lunch?" I told him that my lunch was pretty standard: a sandwich, an apple, some cookies for dessert. He suggested that I "lay off the cookies" for a bit, because even though I had a strong and muscular body from swimming,

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