Fat Girl

By Michelle Lehnardt

the first of a two-part series

If you want to see me come undone, just make fun of the chubby kid.

BYU. 1989. Religion 324: Doctrine & Covenants Manual pg. 382.

My aged instructor read Question A out loud:

“Why did God give me a body that is fat and ugly? I’ll never get a date because I’m too homely.”

I shifted uncomfortably in my seat, but the pretty brunette across the aisle shot her hand into the air, “That’s ridiculous! God didn’t make her fat—she did it to herself. The spiritual solution here is to stop feeding her face.”

Laughter rippled across the classroom, but my spine stiffened and I rose to my feet. “Don’t you laugh! Obesity is a genetic curse; if you’ve never had to face it you don’t know what you are talking about.”

Shaking, I turned, slowly scanning every face in the classroom before dropping back into my chair.

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