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!).

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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Tough conversations with loved ones, tough conversations with ourselves, and finding kids' media that isn't anti-fat.
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Plus: Is it ever okay to tell your kid she's "too big," and eating for chronic Lyme.
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Plus: Eating while pregnant and is it a failure to feel "too full?"
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Plus: What to do about complimenting weight loss, hangry toddlers, and why nutrition doesn't have to be your top priority at every meal.
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