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I Struggle With My Body Image

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    It seems that, while the tide is turning

    against objectifying women, there are more instances of women leering at perfect male bodies, on TV, than ever. That makes me hate my skinny frame and feel unattractive to everyone. I can help that just as little as an overweight girl can help her figure. I'm active and eat as...
    Nexile90 Nexile90 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 20

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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 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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    QUESTION for society.

    MEN: which body image do you prefer? LADIES: which body image do you wish to have??
    Itsnickijae Itsnickijae 18-21, F 74 Responses Dec 4, 2014

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    I struggle with my body image

    and weight. But I am doing a lot better. I've lost some weight but I am still chubby. But I'm ok with it right now. I've learned to love my body. It might not be my ideal body at the moment, but it's what I have. I can change it but it does take time. I have found that a lot of...
    Ljm2114 Ljm2114 16-17, F Jan 24

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    I'm one of those people who's always pressured

    themself to be.. perfect. I've never achieved it though. In my family I'm the youngest of 3 girls. My mum is 5'2, my oldest sister is 5'4, and my middle sister is 5'3. I'm 5'11. My height has always bothered me. I'm so much taller than everyone. I hate it. I've always wanted to...
    InnerWars InnerWars 13-15 2 Responses Jan 19

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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...
    Mendmyheart Mendmyheart 46-50, F 5 Responses Aug 5, 2014

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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 10 Responses Feb 17, 2014

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    LetMeBeBlunt LetMeBeBlunt 22-25, M 1 Response Dec 30, 2014

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    D@mn it.. One day I will stop caring how other

    people view me and judge me. One day I will be confident in what I look like and feel empowered by my curves and imperfections. I am so tired of it having the power to hurt me, of others having the power to break me down with it.
    SmilesAwaitYou SmilesAwaitYou 31-35, F 4 Responses Dec 29, 2014

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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 12 Responses Nov 16, 2014

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    I'm not what i look like what my body really

    looks like but i always feel my belly is the only thing i want to change its i feel I'm fat but i know that I'm not fatter than the guy half my size its just muscle I've built to make me stronger but i always feel like its all fat and i just want to rip it off and the only time...
    Jin777 Jin777 18-21, M Dec 23, 2014

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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 can't be satisfied with my weight

    and how I look. No matter what I change, how much weight I lose/gain, what color I dye my hair, i'm not happy. I want to be positive and live my life to the fullest and all that, but I can't. I am struck with the most extreme, painful jealousy anytime I leave the house and...
    deliam12 deliam12 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 8

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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'm a thick girl. I can never be a toothpick

    cause I got big heavy bones and a lot of muscle That bothers me Idk why
    MyaA13 MyaA13 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 18

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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'm a bit "pudgy" I guess?

    Since entering college I've ballooned in weight leaving me insecure. I miss my body from high school...I've tried dieting but the yo-yo effect is a cold hearted *****. I refuse to take any drastic measures, I don't want to do anything that I'll end up regretting. Enough...
    pk96701 pk96701 22-25 Jan 23

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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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    Do you think I'm fat?

    I'm 180 pounds and every time I look in the mirror or in a picture of myself all I see is a fat 17 year old girl who eats to much and just need to start starving please help any advice on dieting or anything I'll except it!! XxTessyxX
    RobertsLove17 RobertsLove17 16-17, F 4 Responses Dec 20, 2014

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    No 1 is as imperfect

    as I am, no wonder I don't have a boyfriend or ever had 1. I mean can u have so many flaws stretch marks all over the body, spots on my legs from eczema, scars of scratches behind my knees also from eczema dermatitis I mean u used to cry over it but now I've became numb I can't...
    NamzyZizi NamzyZizi 16-17, F 4 Responses Jan 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 23 Responses Apr 8, 2014

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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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    I hate trying on clothes in stores.

    It's just another reminder of how I feel about myself. Usually after trying on clothes, I'll get really depressed and kinda cut myself off from everyone my self esteem levels are that bad
    awesomefallenangel13 awesomefallenangel13 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 18

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    Deciding to write this post was not an easy task

    for me. It's almost like i'm validating that I think there may be something wrong about myself, emotionally. For so many years I was always the girl who didn't understand how other females or males become so preoccupied with their image. I always thought to myself, "I would...
    kgirl26 kgirl26 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2014

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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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    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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    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 14 Responses Oct 20, 2014

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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 125 Responses Mar 11, 2011

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    I've always struggled with my body image.

    It takes a lot for me to look in the mirror sometimes. I managed to overcome anorexia. I'm fighting everyday to learn to love myself. It's extremely helpful to have people around that understand how difficult it is.
    GreenEyess GreenEyess 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 18

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    Ive always hated my stomach,

    I want abs or at least be flat
    ownfrnchseplaya ownfrnchseplaya 26-30, M Jan 18

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    I have weight loss pills

    and body building steroids PM me ASAP for the new year prices and category
    melisajoey17 melisajoey17 31-35, M Dec 28, 2014

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    for me it's an everyday thing.

    when my dad left my mom she started questioning herself image. then she started questioning mine. that made me even more insecure seeing that I've been battling with my weight for years now .I wish it was different but this is how it's always been. some days I wake up and look...
    undeniablyMe undeniablyMe 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 25, 2014

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    So I'm the typical girl/women who

    since 12 was always the one bigger then my friends. I was always taller which wasn't on my side but I was hated I could never be their size. I had a mother who would put me on fad diets, you name it, never got me anywhere!! Around 18, I stopped caring, was stressed from...
    lbernays lbernays 22-25, F Dec 30, 2014

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    I do I'm skinny, and bony,

    and have no muscle at all I try to not care that I couldn't win a fight and stuff but I still got my pride Ya know?
    Funnychase66 Funnychase66 16-17, M 2 Responses Jan 22

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    I really hate my body,

    like can't look in the mirror hate it.
    Rebeccaej Rebeccaej 16-17, F 11 Responses Jan 10, 2014

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    I can rationally tell myself

    that my body is fine and even pretty good....I have traces of abs, good sized biceps and I'm not at all overweight. But I've always had self-image issues and they've morphed into an absolute obsession with my stomach and how much fat it appears to have when I'm bending over...
    myrandomusername myrandomusername 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 23, 2014

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    I love this group so much

    and I think I will learn alot and teach more lol
    melisajoey17 melisajoey17 31-35, M Dec 28, 2014

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    It's a really big deal.

    Like before I was starting to get it under control but now it's eating me alive. I'm actually starting to worry myself because I want to be able to see my ribs. And I know in my heart that it's unhealthy but I can't help it. I hate this, I just want confidence
    nowimawarrior nowimawarrior 13-15, F 3 Responses Dec 25, 2014

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    I am a 400lb woman ..

    . Have been for 10 years now minus a few losses and gains ( one where I lost 100 only to gain it back ) I don't hate my body which is a problem how you ask ? I waited to long to do anything with the thinking that the side effects on my health wouldn't actually happen . Recently...
    KittenHasClaws1980 KittenHasClaws1980 31-35, F 6 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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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 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 24, 2014

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    I wish I was as skinny

    as the girl on the left. She has gorgeous legs! 😔😔
    avdotiya avdotiya 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 6

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    i know im fat i know it

    and i get talked about then i promise myself im gonna lose weight then i get bullied again and i eat my feelings i just cant exept the fact im gonna be fat forever
    ilovemyhaters ilovemyhaters 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 24, 2014

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    I'm a 17 year old girl in high school

    so of course I'm already going to have body insecurities, but I guess you could say my insecurities are on steroids because my body is highly imperfect- fat, overweight, obese, whatever you'd like to call it...I'm big haha and to add on to my jiggly imperfections I'm also 6'2...
    TyrannosaurusRexx TyrannosaurusRexx 16-17, F 9 Responses Jan 22

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    Okay so this is a picture I took over the

    summer. If there is one thing that makes me extremely insecure, it's my body. My thighs touch & I have a stomach. A lot of people always tell me that I'm curvy & that it's sexy but I don't feel sexy, I feel ugly. I know some of you will think I'm looking for attention but that's...
    kaitybobaityxo kaitybobaityxo 18-21, F 23 Responses Oct 29, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 43 Responses Jan 18

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    I am not perfect.....

    . And I will never be plastic
    SkullSweetHeart SkullSweetHeart 16-17, F Nov 2, 2014

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