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I Struggle With My Body Image

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    Body image is a major discussion in today's

    society. I'm a chunky girl & I've got fat thighs & a big ***. I'm not perfect. I'm not a size 0. I just need to learn to love my body! (I'm the blonde)
    kaitybobaityxo kaitybobaityxo 18-21, F 12 Responses Oct 20, 2014

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    How am I supposed to be happy about myself

    when the mirror tells me I'm a fat cow? I hear it all the time. Can't stop thinking about my arms that are huge and my stomach that's a big piece of fat.
    StEaMa StEaMa 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    You should not shame someone

    because they are big You should not shame someone because they are thin We should all accept each other no matter the body type
    allsummer allsummer 18-21, F 2 Responses May 27, 2014

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    I think everyone on here can agree

    that we grew up in a generation where beauty is what people primarily hope for. It's almost like you've accomplished something if you're pretty, when you were just blessed with more preferable genes. I've always though I was ugly and fat. One of my friends told me I had a boy...
    sullygirl611 sullygirl611 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Some days I feel hot a'f.

    And then other days I feel like a walking pregnant chewbacccaa. Makes no sense.
    CrazyHippieChick CrazyHippieChick 70+, F 3 Responses Dec 24, 2014

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    I struggled with bulimia

    for many months. I was anorexic for a few months til I got help. Never let yourself go down that path. I'm still not happy with my body but I don't starve or have bulimia anymore.
    hhannahhbabe hhannahhbabe 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 15

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    My Mom thinks I need to lose weight.

    She told me that my 18 year old cousin weighs 80 lbs, thinking that's real beauty. I think to myself, I'm 5'0 and I weight 128. I'm I unhealthy? Sometimes thought, I kinda feel fat and to wish I had a perfect thin body. This thought is making me feel complicated sometimes. Oh...
    Kumarie Kumarie 13-15, F 7 Responses Mar 24

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    my weight gain started about a year ago,

    I was 140 5'9 after I had my daughter I've been trying to at least get closer to that the my weight now which is 170 I feel depressed cus I feel real unattractive my spouse say he loves me anyway but I hate that I look like this I can't fit nothing sex is bad every thing just...
    lovesocrazy lovesocrazy 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    I have to go to the beach next week with two

    other extremely skinny girls and I know they are prettier. How can I feel more confident?
    scoherron scoherron 16-17, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    My Daily Struggle..

    I have struggled with the issue of self image from the time I was in grade school. I did not start gaining weight until around 5th grade. I grew up in a Christian home, my parents are still together, but they were young when they had me. I had a controlling grandmother, that...
    deleted deleted 26-30 30 Responses Jan 14, 2012

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    I am 5'11 and I'm 118 pounds.

    I'm in the "healthy" range, but my goal weight is to be around 100-105. I should just be happy with where I'm at. I've been working out 4 times a week for a month and 2 days and have noticed great improvements, but I just feel like I'll never be good enough. I'll always want a...
    KJPKelsey KJPKelsey 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 12

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    Okay so the whole "real women have curves"

    thing bothers me. I'm apparently "too skinny" but I'm also tall! I'm just fed up because I've found myself really second guessing my body image more and more lately and I don't want to become unhealthy from the anxiety of being "too skinny" I don't like how people who are curvy...
    tourdeforce tourdeforce 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 4

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    I'm posting this to share my accomplishment.

    I'm finally starting to love my body!
    emgal emgal 16-17, F 10 Responses Nov 16, 2014

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    When I landed in my mid twenties,

    which is currently now. I realized something was wrong after relationship after relationship failed due to what? I had no idea under I dated a honest girl who simply said "you have a unusually small penis". Hmmm. I thanked her for being honest and scheduled an appointment to see...
    xNicholasX xNicholasX 26-30, M 1 Response 22 hrs ago

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    Last night for dinner I made a sandwich well I

    go into my pantry and realize there aren't really any chips in there that I wanted or really liked my sister starts laughing and says you eat everything. Well lets just say I didn't eat my sandwich or anything I just put it in the fridge and went to my bed room to cry
    beeella beeella 13-15, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I really worship my moms comments,

    because she is the only person I would ever change for if she says so. Since the Age of eleven I have been struggeling with Eating Disorders until now at the age of 18 I am finally feeling a bit better about myself. I try to eat healthy whenever I can, but sometimes I still have...
    k2611 k2611 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I Have One Life And God Made Me Ugly

    It sucks being ugly Like f-ing ugly People hate you People judge you Every birthday, i prayed I begged, i cried I go on all fours I told God I just wanted to be pretty Days passed, years went But I am stuck in this ugly body I want to free my soul I hate living in this ugly...
    fuglygirlonthebench fuglygirlonthebench 22-25, F 122 Responses Mar 11, 2011

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    Living In The Past

    I wish I knew how to let go of the past. I once was "that girl"...the pretty one that got all the boy's attention, the girl who went to the gym on a regular basis could wear anything and look great! I have now realized that I never really loved myself, only the attention I got...
    nettyg nettyg 36-40, F 13 Responses Oct 29, 2013

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    So I was challenged to post a pic of this.

    My friend knows how much I struggle with poor body image and barely any self-esteem, so she told me to write 'I love myself and my body' on a piece of paper, take a picture and post it for others to do the same if they struggle with it, and then to start making myself better and...
    lizygurl lizygurl 18-21, F 49 Responses Jan 18

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    i cant eat more that one small meal a day

    without being worried about my body
    wantthistoend wantthistoend 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 10, 2014

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    Waxing And Waning

    Sometimes, in certian light, certian mirrors, if my mind and soul are in a good place, I can be happy within my own skin. Then I'll turn and the light has changed or I'll catch a glimpse of myself in a way that just destroys my prior self-confidence. I like to think I have a...
    msdamgoode msdamgoode 41-45, F 7 Responses Jun 29, 2012

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    I have extreme gender dysphoria

    and its getting worse and I'm not out to anyone yet and idk what to do...
    emily1015 emily1015 13-15, T 3 Responses Mar 1

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    My Body

    I have not been able to embrace my body image in a positive way. I always look at the bad things about my body and I become very self concious. I used to have a very toned body and I was much more comfortable with myself. Now, as I have gotten older I have gained weight and kinda...
    picgirl picgirl 31-35, F 11 Responses Sep 12, 2007

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    bleh looking in the mirror is a challenge

    for me. I have nothing to like. my thighs touch I don't have a flat stomach no matter how much I work out I have never had one. my inner thighs have stretch marks from my growing stages. I've never had the confidence in myself. I've been called pretty and hit on. but when I'm...
    Cupcakejunky Cupcakejunky 22-25, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    I am utterly disgusted with myself.

    I'm a teen that is 5'3 and weighs 140 lbs. I used to be much larger but managed to lose 15 lbs, getting to about 125. I gained a lot of it back though so now I've returned to 140. I visit a personal trainer, workout 4 days a week, and eat pretty healthy but when I look in the...
    scoherron scoherron 16-17, F 8 Responses a week ago

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    I've just tried a new dress on

    and I felt really bad about myself, Don't like my belly or my huge thighs or my pale skin, I wish I could change some things. Some people say i'm pretty but every time I asumme they're lying.
    NotYourHero NotYourHero 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Having Children Changes The Body

    For those of you that have read my stories about being a nudist, it might seem odd that I would struggle with my body image, but I do. Having children can change the body and I have had three babies. One of those changes include stretchmark’s and I breast fed which changed my...
    deleted deleted 26-30 12 Responses Oct 17, 2011

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    I'm short and have an hourglass figure - think

    Marilyn Monroe with thinner thighs. I will never be a tall, skinny supermodel. I hate my tummy - even at my lowest adult weight (107) it was never nice and flat like the girls in magazines. But as time goes on, I find it easier to see the beautiful things about myself. My neck...
    SmartKat SmartKat 46-50, F 14 Responses Aug 5, 2014

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    i feel so dead inside.

    i feel like i am to fat for everything.
    Simone717 Simone717 16-17, F 4 Responses Mar 17

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    I can relate to so many stories I've read on

    these pages. It is so difficult to go through life when you feel flawed, and "less than" other people, when you don't like the person you see in the mirror. My teenage years were an absolute nightmare. I went to an all-boy school where sport was a religion and everyone...
    EmperorJulian EmperorJulian 46-50, M 2 Responses Oct 31, 2014

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    Bigger Isn't Better

    From a young age I was told what a "big" girl I was by a emotionally and physically abusive father and step-mother. Looking back at the little girl in the pictures, I was thin, with stringy, dirty blonde hair, a big toothy grin and bright eyes. I was never once told that I was...
    anotherinnocent anotherinnocent 22-25, F 18 Responses Mar 7, 2011

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    ugghhhh. I'm in Vegas.

    I really want to have a good time but I know I'm not skinny and can't pull off those cute little dresses. I'm nervous I'll look awful. and my friend whose with me is literally a rail.... I wish I had more confidence to embrace my curves.
    ktweav123 ktweav123 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Never Ending Battle

    I will always have this fight going on with myself. I just can't overcome the thoughts and feelings I have about myself. It doesn't help to hear people's thoughts about what I look like (so please don't comment). It doesn't help that I look at myself on purpose...objectively...
    soulrunher soulrunher 41-45, F 4 Responses Jan 16, 2013

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    I have always been slim

    but whenever I gain weight people always comment and it makes me feel bad. Then I stress out and lose weight. Just cause I'm smaller doesn't mean I don't have body image problems. People are as critical if not more of small girls. I grew up being called bean pole and stick...
    katariffik katariffik 31-35, F 15 Responses Nov 17, 2014

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    So I'm already self conscious

    and in the last month my dad has told me I look awful in a skirt and said " are you sure that shirt is the right size because it looks too tight" now it may not seem that bad but it makes me feel awful
    Rebeccaej Rebeccaej 16-17, F 23 Responses Apr 8, 2014

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    I love my mother but she's always pointing out

    anything that's wrong with me. The last time I got on a scale it said I weighed 115 pounds and all she said was "you gained five pounds, I told you that you should watch what you eat" and then goes on a few days later to say that girls who want thigh gaps are being ridiculous. I...
    IAmTheQuietOne IAmTheQuietOne 16-17, F 6 Responses Feb 26

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    QUESTION for society.

    MEN: which body image do you prefer? LADIES: which body image do you wish to have??
    itsNiaJae itsNiaJae 18-21, F 82 Responses Dec 4, 2014

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    It's Taking Over My Life

    It really is. There are times I'm just so uncomfortable and disgusted with my appearance that I have to change my clothes and I end up looking like a nun. It gets to the point where I literally feel sick to my stomach when I look in the mirror. When I actually get the courage to...
    BlurredBeyondTheStarsx BlurredBeyondTheStarsx 70+ 16 Responses Nov 30, 2013

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    yesss OMG I hate it.

    and it's difficult to change it
    jenniebaez1992 jenniebaez1992 22-25, F 7 Responses Jan 18

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    I am in a profession

    that requires or sud I say that expects one to be physically robust and tough but I am not so. people undermine me and take me forgranted most of the time coz of my appearance. I know I'm much more than what I appear to be but now I also feel pulled back by peoples reaction. I'm...
    StrongConnection StrongConnection 26-30, F Feb 25

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    I'm ashamed to look at people,

    I don't want them to see my ugliness. I always, always.. think on how I look from third person, every angle, every lighting condition, and it gets me so depressed.. I see such beautiful girls all around, not just their body, but their unique personalities, voices, and habbits...
    xRiax xRiax 18-21, F 5 Responses Nov 28, 2014

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    I'm getting made fun of by some girls at my

    school because I used to self harm. They run away screaming, calling me a monster and what not. That makes me was to hurt even more, but I'm staying strong for somebody...what exactly should I do?
    nlaJzy nlaJzy 13-15, F 4 Responses Mar 23

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    have always worried about my weight.

    I was really fat in elementary school. and so I just did stupid things go loose a lot of weight :/
    boredgirl02 boredgirl02 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 3

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    Oh the Struggle! I have been with hubs 13yrs.

    3 kids last one was born 6 months ago. Let's say being comfortable to long left me in a place of letting myself go. I became the people of Walmart. I just accepted the fact of accepting my self as the fat(200lbs 5ft6in) housewife and mother. I was comfortable being me. But I...
    kaigeshadowwalker kaigeshadowwalker 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 10, 2014

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    My Battle With An Eating Disorder

    I wrote this story about 5 years ago for a class. It sums my story up well. If you are struggling right now, some of it may be triggering, just to warn you. It seems as though everyone I talk to has some period in their past that they aren’t proud of, or when they...
    CallipygianVenus CallipygianVenus 18-21, F 28 Responses Feb 11, 2008

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    my self confidence is

    so low. i hate it. ?? im far from what society calls "normal", strength is something i have though.
    mekaxoxo mekaxoxo 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 3

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