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Why I Had Weight-Loss Surgery

THE CREATOR OF PLUS-SIZE HEROINES WASN’T AIMING TO BE THIN—SHE JUST WANTED TO FEEL LIKE HERSELF
Since her gastric bypass, says Weiner (on Sept. 9), “I can eat pretty much anything, just not a whole lot of it.”

It was Jennifer Weiner’s father—a child psychiatrist—who first made her feel bad about her weight. “When I was 11 or 12, he would say, ‘You’re fat, you’re ugly, no boy is going to want to date you,’ ” says Weiner. “He made me feel ashamed of how I looked, and eating made me not feel ashamed—it let me not feel anything. Then, of course, I’d eat and feel even more ashamed.”

Just talking about those memories brings Weiner, 46, close to tears. As the bestselling novelist (Good in Bed, In Her Shoes) reveals in her new book of personal essays, Hungry Heart, her dad was “wonderful” when

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