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Holly Christine Brown has struggled with her weight for a long time. When she was thinner, people in her circle would tell her they were proud of her; when she gained weight back, some friends acted as though it were a personal failure. One boyfriend told her that he ended their relationship because she was “too fat” to have sex with. Others simply pulled away when she started gaining weight again. The cruel comments and social rejection made Brown feel anxious and depressed — which, in turn, drew her to food for comfort.
“Everybody expects that it’s easy, that once you lose weight you can just keep it off,” Brown, a professional writer, told Salon. “Anybody who has struggled with their weight knows that’s not true because it’s not like your relationship to other things that you might