[Names and details have been changed to protect confidentiality.]
Sarah was already looking forward to the eighth grade dance, even though it was several months away. Her mother couldn’t afford to buy her a dress, but Sarah’s cousin offered up an old homecoming gown. Unfortunately, it was just a hair too small. So Sarah asked her friends about losing weight, and, in their infinite eighth grade wisdom, her friends recommended a fat-free diet.
Sarah began diligently cutting the fat out of her diet. She quit the candy bars and chips. Her mother honored her request to trade whole milk for skim milk. And Sarah studied herself every morning in the mirror, patiently waiting for the weight to come off.