This moving essay discusses the author’s struggle with the culture of dieting and body image focus in the Cuban culture.

She begins with:

Every Latina woman I know in Miami is on a perpetual diet. The first words spoken at family parties in my house are always, “estas mas gorda/flaca” (you’re fatter/skinnier, both used interchangeably); everyone, from my hairdresser to my mom’s costurera (tailor) to the nice cashier at our corner Walgreens, always has something to say about my weight.

She goes on to discuss how fat talk bonded her with her mother, how her food heritage didn’t fit in well with popular diets, and how she was first put on a diet at age 10. It’s a story of struggle and acceptance with lessons for us all.

Dieting While Latinx | The Outline