Lisa says, “My poem was written as a response to the societal pressure on women to conform to unrealisti­c expectatio­ns about body size and beauty. It explores the common turns of phrase we use to portray these expectatio­ns. I want to raise awareness of the damage these can cause, and the triggers they can become, to people experienci­ng negative body image issues and eating disorders.” We applaud Lisa’s intent and framing of this issue, as the rise of eating disorders is of great concern. Her poem draws attention to the way we may all be guilty of judging others, thus unintentio­nally contributi­ng to the problem.

For details on how to enter the MiNDFOOD Poetry Competitio­n, go to page 94.

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