Share via Email Pringles … to be eaten by the pool while wearing a bikini. Alamy Stock Photo What do women mean when they say they feel fat? This has become such a gender cliche that some people too easily assume it is universal. I was neurotic about my body for years, as were most of the girls, and later women, who became my friends. We never ate pudding, and if it was a good or a bad day was determined by how tight our jeans felt that morning. While we loathed ourselves for falling for this shallow, self-obsessive nonsense, we loathed our bodies more.
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Pinterest Ericka McConnell A few months ago my then 2-year-old daughter, Penny, was looking at us in the mirror at her toddler dance class and pointed at me excitedly: Then she looked down at her own tummy and said with a smile, "I have a big belly too" It's true: She hasn't lost all of her baby pudge yet and has a round tummy that often garners coos and pinches from other moms, and raspberries from me and her dad. My daughter's body is much like mine was as a kid. At times this similarity scares me—does that mean she's doomed to struggle with weight and self-image the way I did for so many years? Just about any mom with a child who has some heft has probably wondered: Could my kid be on her way to getting fat?
My fantasy seem poised to come true with the birth of our firstborn, Hannah, a calm and compliant child who was snuggly, easily entertained, and loved every hairdo I concocted for her. She was everything I imagined would come with the daughter package, and I looked forward to more. When Hannah turned 3, my Little Women fantasy came to an abrupt halt with the birth of Isaac, followed 16 months later by Benny.