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I Have Body Image Issues

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    I Gained 10 Lbs In A Year And I Now I Am Struggling To Accept My Weight Gain - I am always considered a petite, 5'2". I am always thin and underweight, always wearing size 0 or...
    sweetfleur sweetfleur 26-30, F 1 Response May 30, 2013

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    Confused - I started gaining weight in 4th grade. I can remember my meals consisting of hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, apple crisp, and other delicious treats. I was never...
    ChildoftheEarth ChildoftheEarth 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 3, 2009

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    I have been over weight it feels like all my life but that was not the case some things happened in my life that started me on this path of being over weight. I started working out...
    An6eLeyes An6eLeyes 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 2

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    It's All I Ever Think About. - I'm sure I've said something on EP about this before, but as stated in the title, it's all I can ever think about; after all, it's all anyone ever...
    anonymousabomination anonymousabomination 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 7, 2012

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    I am an average guy, hairy chest and slightly overweight. Since I was 14 I was wearing long pants and a jumper, even on hot days, hiding myself away. I would spend time indoors and...
    Hidebehindtherain Hidebehindtherain 26-30, M 3 Responses Mar 8

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    Issues, Galore. - It started out as a chubby-carefree seven year old girl; involved in girl scouts, idolizing Spice Girls and genuinely happy. Then it blossomed into a nine year...
    wavesxcollide wavesxcollide 22-25, F 2 Responses May 21, 2013

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    Sad - I try really hard to be thin, I practically look at myself every hour of the day to see if my body is what i want it to be. Im not overweight everyone says im crazy and im...
    Karissa0131 Karissa0131 18-21 2 Responses Feb 7, 2012

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    Body Gains: Hot &Amp; Cold - I grew up an obese child, but in recent years have slimmed way down. This was a result of both puberty and my own gym going/changing eating habits. I...
    MeagherRow MeagherRow 18-21, M May 30, 2013

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    Looking In The Mirror Not Really Seeing What Is There. - I know that I am obese, but I really think that I fall under morbid obesity. I have always been fat. I don't know...
    Sphinxkbngold24 Sphinxkbngold24 26-30, F 1 Response May 5, 2010

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    I hate my shape. There's not much to say, that pretty much sums it up. But I'll try to elaborate. I see people of all different sizes that love their shapes and I envy them because...
    Shygirl917 Shygirl917 18-21, F Feb 19

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    Hip Issues - I've been dealing with big hips and a rear since around 8th grade. And I mean very big. I'm 34 now and it's never been easy finding jeans or shorts or even loose...
    DW344 DW344 31-35, M Sep 3, 2013

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    ? - well i decided to join a gym, mainly in part because my "friend" said we should...and since i had nothing else to do, and the fact that he was my ride, i agreed. stupid me i...
    haveneverlet haveneverlet 18-21, M Mar 14, 2010

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    I have a lot of body image issues. Those who have read my stories know this. There are some parts about my body I cannot stand, like my height and how thin I am. It's a very big...
    GettingOverShit GettingOverShit 18-21, F Feb 5

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    My Life Was Easier When I Was Anorexic? - I grew up as a very thin girl, but the importance of being thin and being pretty was already into my head at an early age. My mom is a...
    upsidedownfrown upsidedownfrown 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 3, 2009

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    My Body Issue - I have serious acne problem on my body plus scars i have big fat hip and big stomach and boobs that are not very interesting acne and plus they quite droopy my...
    talia11 talia11 18-21 1 Response Oct 15, 2012

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    Eh Just Me - So first, if you are a perv someone looking to meet someone to .... leave my page and don't write me. I'm literally here to meet people who also have...even if your 18...
    Whoknowsher Whoknowsher 26-30, F 1 Response May 24, 2013

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    Changing All the Time - Over the last few years my wiehg thas dropped to dangerous lows and plummeted back up once or twice, I have spent most of my time at the 6st mark, but have...
    SkinandBone SkinandBone 18-21, F 8 Responses Jul 18, 2009

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    My Success Could Be Your Success At Losing Weight - I can’t workout in the gym because I have 3 damaged discs… I can’t jog because I have arthritis in my knees… I am almost...
    PeteWellness50 PeteWellness50 61-65, M Aug 29, 2013

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    Distorted Reflection ... - I have distorted body image... Im convinced to believe by what I see in the mirror... I know its not real but I still believe ...It makes me obsess in...
    DollyDiva DollyDiva 22-25, F 7 Responses Sep 12, 2009

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    Post Baby Body :/ - I have always compared my body to other women... the only time i was okay with my body (even then..) was after i graduated Basic Training while in the Army. i...
    jwilkinson123 jwilkinson123 22-25, F 3 Responses May 20, 2013

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    Fatty - When I was a little kid, I was pretty average. I wasn;t scrawny, but I wasn;t chubby either. In the middle of elementary school, I guess I started gaining some weight. Didn...
    BlankDeige BlankDeige 18-21, M 4 Responses Jul 2, 2009

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    An Inner Struggle - I have never been outgoing in social situations. I'm more of a introvert and prefer the company of books over the social scene at school. I have always...
    Weatheredfaces Weatheredfaces 18-21 1 Response Mar 11, 2013

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    Its Getting Better But Is Still There - I sometimes feel fat even though rationally I know I'm not. I'm at a pretty normal weight. But sometimes when I look in the mirror I don't...
    pinkdragonflyxo pinkdragonflyxo 36-40, F 2 Responses Jan 17, 2013

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    Every Days A Struggle - I'm 16 years old and have been athletic my whole life. After queuing sports I gained a little weight. My friend started eating healthy and I did it with her...
    Alexaboutwell Alexaboutwell 16-17 Dec 5, 2012

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    I See Them!!!! I Am Happy!!!! - well to cut to the chase the lights were cut off for a week and i had to throw out every thing and the sucky part was i got paid on that weeks...
    haveneverlet haveneverlet 18-21, M Nov 23, 2009

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    Am I fat? I really think I am
    maria817614 maria817614 13-15, F 5 Responses Mar 3

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    First diet of diet, let's go!
    marie1005 marie1005 18-21, F Mar 2

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    Too Many Issues - I've been very self conscious ever since I can remember, I feel fat all the time and I refuse to accept compliments because I think they're just lies. I'm 16...
    stephanysanchz42 stephanysanchz42 16-17 1 Response Mar 29, 2013

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    Trying to Work With What I've Got - I've always hated the way I look. I've had times when its got bad and i've cried in front of the mirror and turned down invitations to go out...
    strawberrybunny strawberrybunny 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 3, 2009

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    I'M Not Perfect - I feel as though guys are constantly judging me on my appearance. I try to act like it doesn't bother me, but in reality it is tearing me apart. Just going...
    QueerBait QueerBait 16-17, T 1 Response Apr 7, 2013

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    I have always had body image issues. Wanting to be thin is my main goal in life it seems. I always seem to criticize myself & count my calories & stress myself out because I think...
    beccers1522 beccers1522 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 1

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    Hating My Body - I spent a lot of time hating my body. It used to never be a problem. I used to know I was kinda big, but didnt really think about it. Then when I started...
    elsy17 elsy17 16-17, F 2 Responses May 25, 2013

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    When I'm home alone I'm shirtless, it's the comfort that counts.
    tarkovsky tarkovsky 26-30, M 4 days ago

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    I Battle Between Gaining And Losing Weight - most of the time I put my clothes on and they are looser than when I bought them and I think I need to eat something so I spend a few...
    learntoswim learntoswim 22-25, F Jun 14, 2013

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    The Fat Kid Who Likes Cake. - I am that fat girl, that no guy is interested in. I have been on numerous diets, to no avail. Nothing ever works out for me. I look in the mirror...
    FMLhaihai FMLhaihai 16-17 2 Responses Jul 3, 2009

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    Never Satisfied - I've never been comfortable with my body. From the time I was aware that everyone was thinner than me, which was about age eight, until age fifteen, when I became...
    kayymonsturr kayymonsturr 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 27, 2009

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    New Show: Help For Struggling Young People And Their Parents - Are you a young person (16-25) struggling with how you view yourself? Do you STRUGGLE with LOW SELF-ESTEEM, POOR...
    cineflixcasting cineflixcasting 31-35 Oct 15, 2012

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    Water Fasting - i happened to come across this awesome thing while surfing the net...it is called fasting....to make it clear i have heard of sch a thing before but never really...
    haveneverlet haveneverlet 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 3, 2010

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    Body Image: My Mother Has Ruined Me. - I have weight issues. And I blame my mother....I constantly think she's ruined my life. She doesn't know this, and she never really set out...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 19, 2013

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    Exhausted Mentally And Physically - I was fat when I was younger, I was teased and I remember hating myself so much I would pinch myself until it bruised for some kind of...
    Chanz29 Chanz29 22-25 Dec 19, 2012

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    i've had an eating disorder for 5 years. i finally go over it, but i don't see the skinny girl in the mirror. every one calls me tiny, but i don't see it. when i do see some of it...
    enemyinthemirror enemyinthemirror 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 3

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    I'm naturally thin & absolutely nothing makes me gain weight. Some people say I'm lucky but I think I'm actually cursed. I wish I could at least get a little more meat on my bones...
    AutumnHaze AutumnHaze 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 3

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    I really just can't figure out what I look like. Sometimes i look in the mirror and see a flabby peasantesque form, other times I appear pleasantly lithe. It doesn't make sense as...
    ciannamaye ciannamaye 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 2

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    I try to love the way I look but others make me hate myself. I'm 27 years old and I'm in the Army. I also happen to be 50 pounds over weigh according to the Army. I'm 235 and 6...
    dec2remember86 dec2remember86 26-30, M 3 Responses Feb 5

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    My Body Parts Don't Match... - remember those kid books where you could flip the sections to give the people different heads/ bodies/ legs? Ever since I hit puberty I have pretty...
    jeffreypenelope jeffreypenelope 18-21 Mar 23, 2012

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    Im Sooo Exhausted With My Body - Im a 27 year old girl, 5'10 sz 8/10 Ever since I can remember I have had body image issues, im a self sabotaging perfectionist. Im constantly...
    Mp2944 Mp2944 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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    The Person Staring Back Isn't Me!!! - my story started when i was in elementary. i was thin, but once i started growing i started to gain more weight. i was now wearing the all to...
    haveneverlet haveneverlet 18-21, M 4 Responses Jun 11, 2009

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    I like my appearance at times and I hate it most of the time. It's confusing. I see my lips as ugly because they're big and I've been made fun of by many people because of my lips...
    Abdulaziz94 Abdulaziz94 18-21, M Mar 18

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    I went clothes shopping in town ( a rare occurrence) I usually buy online. But I felt unbelievably self conscious looking in the windows at my reflection. My friend is a big lady...
    ifilayhere ifilayhere 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 27

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    I just want to thank everyone on EP who gave me compliments on my body pictures. I've been struggling with body image issues my whole life and I'm amazed at the positive feedback I...
    Dreamer32 Dreamer32 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 8

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    Hello, I'm Sevine. And I'm struggling with my body image. I've always wanted to be that skinny girl with flat stomach when I was young. I grew up and I changed my mind. I wanted to...
    SevineRizkallah SevineRizkallah 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 24