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The puberty pudge and why body-positive parents aren’t afraid of it.

Elle developed breasts twice. The first time, she sensed this was not safe and so she willed them away. It was frightening and amazing to experience the power of body manipulation. Fierce determination; more likely, crude starvation. The second time there was less to be done other than surrender to the assault of change. When belly fat and stretch marks emerged her loving mother grew pale. By the look of her reaction Elle quickly understood that something was wrong. She was all wrong. Her grandmother fondly nicknamed her “mushy tushy”. Her mother dubbed her left breast “sad”. Asymmetry wasn’t something to be proud of.

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