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I Struggle With My Body Image

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    So.. I'm 5'1" and weigh 110.

    But I don't LOOK 110. I feel heavier. I want to be under 100. Every part of my body looks chunky to me. Yet, people say I am skinny. (People say things you wanna hear) I work out everyday, run 14 miles a week. YET, I don't get skinnier. This makes me not want to eat food but I...
    nmey94 nmey94 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 5

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    It's pathetic that trying on clothes makes me

    cry. I need to learn to accept myself for who I am and learn to love myself. Honestly wearing anything but a tshirt, sweatpants, or shorts makes me feel like I'm stuffed into my clothes. I'm at the point now that I won't even wear jeans unless they are big on me because I can't...
    fallout07 fallout07 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 20

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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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    Here I thought I wanted a change

    and get my hair cut shorter since my long hair was a lot of work and too time consuming for me. Turns out I was wrong and I hate my hair short. I feel so butch and not cute at all:( now I have to wait for it to grow back. Literally never thought I'd be crying over my hair but I...
    fallout07 fallout07 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 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 was reading this nonsensical manhua

    until I came across this certain confrontation. It goes something like this: Guy A: You can't hit on [Girl A], she's mine. Guy B: Why is [Girl A] yours? Is she a thing? Guy A: As I thought. You like her right? You still like her after seeing her fat, huh? (This part gave me...
    baconette baconette 18-21 Sep 21

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    For as much **** as I ate in the past week

    or 2, surprised I haven't gained and my face hasn't gotten any rounder because of retaining water weight due to the sodium content. I can honestly say at this moment that I see that my face isn't round and that it's all on my head when I get upset with my body image and how...
    fallout07 fallout07 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 13

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    I Have One Life And God Made Me Ugly

    There's something worst than being fat It's being ugly Like f-f-f-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...
    fuglygirlonthebench fuglygirlonthebench 18-21, F 118 Responses Mar 11, 2011

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    I think Healthy is Beautiful A lot of people

    say, "skinny is beautiful." and others object saying, "Curvy girls are much more better." However, out of all these preferences of how our bodies should look like I have found that the best beauty our bodies can achieve is actually the healthy one. Being below your right weight...
    Wewerethereinthattime Wewerethereinthattime 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 13

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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 21-25, F 28 Responses Feb 11, 2008

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    I wish I could look how I look

    when I'm laying down like in my cover image. It's gotten to bother me when cuddling because I feel like he feels all my fat and is repulsed by me...I still see myself at my highest weight of 185 when I know I'm at a normal weight for my height and age. I wish I wouldn't let my...
    fallout07 fallout07 18-21, F 7 Responses Sep 1

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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 16 Responses Aug 5

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    i have never been happy with myself,

    even as a very young child i was always concerned with my body and the rest of my looks, and sometimes i wonder if ill ever grow out of this
    bongripper1 bongripper1 16-17, F 15 Responses Apr 3

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    I'm smaller than I was (in my last post under

    "I struggle with my body image") But I have gained weight.. I am now 93.8lbs instead of 92 I am such a ******* failure....
    GabriellaFae GabriellaFae 13-15, F 3 Responses Sep 13

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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 33 Responses Jan 14, 2012

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    I hate the way i look.

    I had a growth spurt and got too tall and huge. Im even taller than my mom and all of my fave clothes dont fit anymore. I feel like a fat cow.
    munchkinallie munchkinallie 13-15, F 4 Responses Jun 24

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    I'm 5"8 and weigh 124 pounds at the moment.

    .. For years, I never really considered my weight or body image, but my brother started calling me fat and for some reason it really started to bother me. Over the past year and a half, I've been up and down with my eating habits, ranging from full-on binge eating one week, to...
    starvingshadows starvingshadows 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 13

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    I am almost 13. (Im turning 13 in a month

    or less) I weigh around 100-90 lbs or even 110 lbs. I hate my stomach and thighs. I joined a tennis team once and won an award but when I did, I got huge thighs which makes me look fat when I sit down. I then did swim the whole summer to prepare for water polo in school. I plan...
    omaxson42 omaxson42 13-15, F 8 Responses Sep 6

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    Loose Gravel kicked up

    and down the throat of the mountain. Big britches to fill she sings to herself, as she digs down with her bony fingers into the craggy wall of self discovery. If you were the judgmental condor looking down on her- circling at ridiculous heights- you might identify her as a fast...
    faintking faintking 26-30, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    We all need a man that looks at us with passion

    and desire despite our flaws. Someone who can make us feel sexy and confident. A man who loves you for you...,,
    desirabledreams desirabledreams 46-50, F 2 Responses Aug 5

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    People close to me feel I am very obsessed with

    myself. I may agree to it. Yes I am self obsessed. The reason probably is that I don't like the way I look and am constantly experimenting to make changes in my body and see if it improves things. I think am getting psychic or have I always been one? Need to introspect and...
    uselessguy uselessguy 36-40, M 2 Responses Sep 4

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    The other night, a woman other

    than my wife told me that I was an attractive guy. A few months ago at a concert I went to alone, a woman started speaking with me and told me that I was adorable. When she asked and I answered that I was married, she said "figures... The good ones are always taken." I...
    mydreamsonly mydreamsonly 31-35, M 1 Response a week ago

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    Im hungry but I don't want to eat.

    Just by eating a piece of bread After I ate something is a big difference for me like a big one and I eat a little cause I think I'm gonna be fat.
    greenmonsterboi greenmonsterboi 13-15, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    Women have curves and I'm proud of mine.

    I have never been happier in my life. I have people who love me dearly for who I am and I know I have flaws. Sure I wish I could look like a magazine model but at my age it is not happening. I think women need yo feel good in their own skin and enjoy life. Dress tasteful for...
    desirabledreams desirabledreams 46-50, F 6 Responses Aug 5

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    I can't understand why you enjoy looking at me,

    accepting all of my flaws like they don't matter at all. I wish I knew what it was like to see myself in your eyes:(
    fallout07 fallout07 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 30

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    I am 13 years old and I never use to like the

    way I look at school people would always call me fat and ugly and I would tell my self you are beautiful don't let those comments tell you otherwise I am 240 but I don't look like It I am happy with the way I am but not my weight I run everyday outside for 30 minutes and I play...
    TimePrincess TimePrincess 13-15, F 6 Responses Jul 13

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    When I look into the mirror all I see is ugly.

    I see my face staring back at me and I hate it. I wish I could like someone else and not me. I look at my body and see my curves that I hate. I wish I could be skinny like other girls.
    kellss kellss 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 18

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    Trying To Be Anorexic

    I've tried being anorexic. I did research on how and when to eat. What I should eat when it came to that point, if I was aloud to eat. How to throw up the food and etc.I was 5'3 weighing 140 lbs. I would end up starving myself for 24 hours then eating. Sometimes even past 24...
    KayKay12497 KayKay12497 13-15, F 7 Responses May 20, 2012

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    Mostly around my little sis

    and friends all who would be an au size 6 or under. I love my curves and wouldn't change it for the world but when you go out and someone else refers to u as the fat one it does dent ur confidence . Once would love someone to come up to me when I'm with them and say love ur body...
    calmj calmj 22-25, M 4 Responses Aug 12

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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 3 Responses May 27

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    I really hate my body,

    like can't look in the mirror hate it.
    Rebeccaej Rebeccaej 16-17, F 13 Responses Jan 10

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    I feel so worthless when I can tell other

    people are judging me just based on my body image. It pushes me to the brink and I can't stop myself from cutting into my skin where I feel the most inadequate.
    ImNotReallyFine ImNotReallyFine 13-15, M 3 Responses Aug 19

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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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    I need to lose weight I can't take this stupid

    fat body. I need to loose as much weight as possible.
    Kelnea Kelnea 13-15, F 5 Responses Sep 2

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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 25 Responses Apr 8

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    I struggle with my body image

    and usually I won't wear girly clothes but today I found 2 identical dresses with different patterns that I absolutely fell in love with. I could've bought a size smaller since the chest area is a bit baggy but they're so comfy and make me feel more confident with myself:)
    fallout07 fallout07 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 2

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    I am so ******* fat!!

    I can't stand this anymore! I'm a ******* whale!! Why can't I just ******* be skinny!! That is all I freaking want! Pleasssee!!! ;-;
    GabriellaFae GabriellaFae 13-15, F 9 Responses Sep 1

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    Ik not the most flattering image

    but for once my face doesn't look too round:)
    fallout07 fallout07 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 11

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    When people are constantly telling me how

    pretty I am, or how gorgeous, beautiful, whatever, it makes me feel like I need to do everything in my power to remain that way. That if enjoy myself and eat regularly or skimp on a workout every now and then, people will notice and will comment that I don't look so good. I feel...
    Heartbeatangel Heartbeatangel 18-21, F 10 Responses Jul 27

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    People generally assume

    that girls are the only ones with body image problems, but guys are too.All of society is bombarded with images of perfection that acts like a disease on all of us, especially the youth. In conjunction with things like being bullied or teased for for our "imperfections", life...
    TheUndying TheUndying 18-21, M 3 Responses Jan 10

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    Ugh, I've actually been dealing with this a lot

    lately. It's a day to day process towards being okay with myself. Repeat to self: I am okay the way I look regardless of what anyone thinks.
    JadedDivinity JadedDivinity 18-21, F Sep 13

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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...
    aprilsums aprilsums 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 10

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    I am a size 0 and almost 3 years ago I was a

    size 14/16. It is such a struggle staying at this weight, knowing/feeling that everyone is just waiting for me to pack it back on.
    wonderwalls wonderwalls 41-45, F 11 Responses Feb 17

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    I'm done. I'm sick with all the negativity.

    I'm turning 17 in a few weeks and for once I want to control this body image im struggling. I'm 5'5 and weigh around 160 pounds (or more I don't know I hate checking my weight). I struggled for perfection because I want to please my mom but she has to understand stand that I...
    Brogann Brogann 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 12

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    I have struggled with body image my entire life

    and unless you have gone through this you will never understand. It's so easy for everyone to pass judgement on others without knowing their story.
    tattoosandscars tattoosandscars 26-30, F 6 Responses Dec 5, 2013

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    I used to have anorexia Nervosa

    and a form of bulimia Nervosa for 7 years. I still struggle with body image issues but I'm better. I sometimes catch myself looking in the mirror and begin to obsess over my imperfections but then I remember who I used to be and look away. Some days are better than others, but...
    WhyDoesLifeSuck WhyDoesLifeSuck 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 23

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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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    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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    The struggle is always there.

    My struggle has gotten a tiny bit better thanks to my bf but.... Day after day after day I still struggle and even though I fit into some clothes I didn't used to it's still hard getting dressed in the mornings. I got fat in all the wrong places and my boobs or *** isn't super...
    willieverbegoodenough willieverbegoodenough 22-25, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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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 16 Responses Oct 29, 2013

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    I struggle with it a lot.

    my lower arms and lower legs arm like a skinny persons but my thighs are huge and my stomach is just uhhh... I put myself on a diet which was long over do. I think it's working but, damn it biology why did you make it had for women to lose weight!!!!?
    RavenRena17 RavenRena17 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 5

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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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    Mirror mirror can't you see,

    what sou show is killing me
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Sep 2

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