I’ve been on a diet since I was four. Can I finally make peace with my body?

I’m never going to stop wanting to be thinner and chasing it. But I’m OK with that, says Marisa Meltzer Every morning I have the slightly morbid habit of reading the New York Times obituary section. I have a subconscious wish to see in one illuminating flash how another person figured out her story so I can gain some insight into mine. It was mostly a soothing habit, until the morning I read about Jean. In late April 2015 the obit headline read : “Jean Nidetch, a Founder of Weight Watchers, Dies at 91.” It had not ever occurred to me that an actual person had thought up Weight Watchers. To me, at 38 years old, the ubiquitous weight-loss company had no origin story; it had always just existed, I thought, to torment me. Continue reading...