“Diet culture is a fear of death disguised as transformation. But the transformation is a fantasy. If, through some heroic act of will, you do manage to heave yourself into a new place, it is still you who did the heaving. It is you who stands in the new place. You will still be you.”
Journalist Sam Anderson writes about his successful weight loss, and its limitations.
I lost 100 pounds, and have kept it off many years. I see photos of myself from the 2000s, and I don’t recognize myself. But inside, I’m still the same person. Likewise, I often don’t recognize the face I see in the mirror nowadays—that’s not me. That’s a middle-aged man. Late middle age.