A Fat Girl in France

The media loves to depict French women as effortlessly thin. Ahead of my trip, I wondered: How will I fit in?

Sarah Shemkus
Human Parts
Published in
10 min readJul 22, 2019

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The author looking out from atop the Eiffel Tower

FFrench women, they say, do not get fat. Their secret, according to the bestsellers, is an innate ability to consume the world’s most wonderful foods in torturously minuscule portions. I, however, do get fat. Scratch that: am fat. My stomach…

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Sarah Shemkus
Human Parts

Shore-dweller, cheese-lover, writer of things. Published in the Boston Globe, Guardian, Washington Post, Civil Eats, & more. Talked to Oprah once.