Meet Virginia.

Virginia Sole-Smith is the author of The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America. As a journalist, she has reported from kitchen tables and grocery stores, graduated from beauty school, and gone swimming in a mermaid’s tail. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Elle and many other publications. She’s also a contributing editor with Parents Magazine. The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project has supported several of her projects. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, two daughters, and three cats.

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