We must alter how children (and adults) are taught about weight.

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White Line

For women's magazines, I published a lot of nutrition-related articles when I first started my journalism career. 

The majority of these articles were released under the pretense of guiding women toward "better food decisions" or "improving their health.

" But I've always had a queasy feeling about them. I preferred not to talk about weight loss directly, 

but I would then quote research that found that being overweight increased the likelihood of developing various medical disorders. 

Although the post was presented as a compilation of low-carb breakfast suggestions, I didn't want to advocate dieting. 

I had no idea how to object to these tasks or how to discuss health without relating it to a person's height or weight.

Then, in 2018, I discovered the work of Virginia Sole-Smith. Journalist Sole-Smith contributes articles about food, parenting, and health to a number of periodicals as well as to her newsletter, Burnt Toast.

For me, learning about her writing was a revelation. Sole-Smith questioned commonplace beliefs about anti-fat prejudice, diet culture, and health standards.

 She also demonstrated to me that it was possible to discuss these issues without succumbing to the idea that having a slimmer body and losing weight were the answers. 

Her work has given me the confidence to alter the way that I report on diet and health.

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