What do body transformation pictures do to us when we see them?
Note: Contains discussion of weight/weight loss-related numbers and disordered eating.
Five years ago, I posted to my Instagram a before-and-after photo of myself. The before image was a candid and unposed shot of me from the side. I took the after picture years later in the gym post-workout, so my arms were pumped with muscle and I stood in an intentionally flattering posture.
“-65 pounds from the college days,” I wrote in my caption, adding that exercise was crucial for my mental well-being. That’s no lie, but I…
How the whiplash of the past year — from “Eat whatever you want!” to “Lose the COVID weight!”— can affect someone with binge eating disorder.
Note: Contains discussion of disordered eating behaviors.
The body panic began before March 2020 ended. Once it dawned on us that we’d be confined to our living rooms for more than a weekend — or a week, or two weeks — many of us feared not only that we might get sick, but that we might gain weight.
People memed about putting on “the quarantine 15” or “the COVID-19,” or that they were “fattening the…
From the sidewalk on 23rd Street South in Crystal City, Arlington, a person walking by can see through a window into the under-construction Bowlero bowling alley and sports bar. A fallen piece of taped-up butcher paper reveals the space full of freshly installed arcade games lit only by a few neon bulbs overhead. An empty claw machine promises PRIZES to no one, yet. Just around the corner on Crystal Drive, the all-day cafe and cocktail spot The Freshman also lies in wait as creeping vines on pillars out front thrive and stretch toward the sky.
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