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Growing up in a latine household, food has always been an integral part of my life. Food has been a way to show love and appreciation to my community- to my family. Although my personal relationship with food has always been a fulfilling one, societal pressures force me to question that relationship as a fat person. In conflating food with love, I now realize an excess of food is a projection of my own desire for love which is so often denied to fat bodies. Fatness and food are inextricably linked, my latine heritage and the community fostering that food provides conflicts with the self-imposed restriction so often expected of fat bodies. My work exemplifies the unseen labor and sexuality of fat, latine bodies like mine.
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