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At the same time, a number she didn't recognize popped up on her screen.
"Fat was like a cuss word," the 36 year old says of her childhood.
I tell her I'm in the same boat: I've been working long hours and there's a chocolate bar in my bag that I've been carrying around as a reward.
Talking about weight with Metz is cathartic for me, as someone who has dealt with body-image issues and food issues—and their ripple effects—my whole life.
"I can't tell you how many times I've tried [to lose weight]," laments Metz, who describes herself, at various times, as "plus-size," "big," and "overweight," but rarely "fat." During elementary and middle school in Gainesville, Florida, Metz was bullied for her size.
She was also the class clown, the bubbly performer in her blended family—mother, stepfather, brother, sister, and two half-sisters—who she calls "salt of the earth; funny, loud people." By high school, she was a tomboy who sang in chorus and thought about going to art school.