Ask Virginia

A monthly Q&A with my reported answers to your questions on navigating diet culture, fatphobia, parenting and health. Please note that I am a journalist and a human, not a healthcare provider. These answers are for informational and educational purposes only, and are not a substitute for individual medical or mental health advice. Send your questions to virginiasolesmith@substack.com (or hit reply on any newsletter!).

Navigating anti-fat bias in eating disorders, and at Mommy Wine Night.
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You know the answer. I'll bring the matches.
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There is no "emotionally healthy" weight loss for kids. (Plus, fat kayakers!!!)
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The scientific limitations and underlying fatphobia of doctor-prescribed food restrictions.
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Some thoughts on thin privilege, and what to do when the grandparents think your kid doesn't need dessert.
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Plus: Babies eating branzino and Terrible Norm.
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Plus some thoughts on intermittent fasting and people you can yell at.
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