Woman holding tape measure around her stomach area
Mental Health


Country of Origin: United States of America

A number is just a number,

Which is a popular belief.

Simple as that –

         Yet when you saw a different number

         on the scale – it changes everything.

How did this happen?

Am I eating too much?

You enjoyed the spices, sweet

         and savory taste that lingered

         on your tongue.

         The taste buds have a life of their own

and dance.

You used to be at peace and my mind only

         focused on how good food tastes.

Yet, why does this number

disgust you? A few pounds

heavier with a stomach with

large legs and thighs.

Whenever you go out,

         You can’t help but stare

         at your body in the reflection in


You brush it off with admiration and

“self love” speeches.

That should help! Weight is just a number-


The word leap frogs into your mind.

         You glance at your new form

         and hear the sharp whispers inside

         of you.


It is unfortunate how our relationship

         with food and oneself change.

Thank you to Hazel Koritzer for their inspired edit on this piece and everyone else on the Mental Health team.

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Tia Credle is a senior at Salisbury University with a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Tia has been writing stories and poems since the age of nine and has recently been submitting her work to literary magazines. Her poem, “The Perfect Example of Agony” was published in Polaris Magazine this year. She enjoys listening to music, watching YouTube videos, reading and writing. She dreams of being a published writer and an editor of a literary magazine.

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