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I Struggle With My Body Image

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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 17 Responses Nov 17

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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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    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 have body disphormia.

    . My doctor confirmed it and told me I'll be alright I just need to tell myself I'm amazing... Well all I want to do is starve myself for a couple months.. I'm 14 and I weigh 100 pounds.... I feel fat and ugly and insecure. The people at school don't help that either. I work out...
    Amy1313 Amy1313 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 1

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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 3 Responses Dec 10

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    I want a bikini body I'm almost there im

    working on it. I used to be really chubby like really but I'm not bad now but I'm almost to a bikini body. No I don't starve myself! I eat healthy and I work out.
    liajip liajip 13-15, F 3 Responses Nov 10

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    I've always had an issue with my body image

    and recently I've been eating a lot less.
    zoesykes zoesykes 13-15, F 3 Responses Nov 9

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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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    everyone I know tells me I'm pretty.

    I don't see it, I think they are just saying that to be nice.
    mandybear29 mandybear29 26-30, F 5 Responses Nov 20

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    It's on my mind almost all the time.

    I am under 4 inches and I have heard a lot of women say that they couldn't get anything out of sex with a small penis. I don't want to be huge-I just wish that I was at least 5 inches.
    TinyPecker5 TinyPecker5 26-30, M 3 Responses Dec 11

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    People say I have a nice body

    but I just don't see it. I believe it could be so much better
    Ebolaa Ebolaa 16-17, M Dec 10

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    I swear the mirror has become my enemy

    because it seems like every time I look in it the thing that looks back at me appears to be getting uglier and more disgusting. why can't I just not worry about my body or looks?
    beautifullybroken08 beautifullybroken08 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 7

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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 4 Responses Nov 28

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    as I sit here I took phentermine pill,

    have a body wrap,and have not eaten since yesterday. I don't understand how I've gotten this bad. its not even about being skinny I don't feel attractive. I've never had sex with the lights on. I see pictures of me and hate my body.
    goodgirl918 goodgirl918 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 18

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    I really hate my body,

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

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    I just kinda give up now.

    ..in done trying
    angellove19 angellove19 16-17, F 3 Responses Nov 16

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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

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    XodolsWasHere XodolsWasHere 16-17, M 3 Responses Dec 7

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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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    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 2 Responses Sep 13

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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 19 hrs ago

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    I struggle to eat even a small meal a day

    without worrying about my body
    itsjustlucy123 itsjustlucy123 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 10

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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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    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 15 Responses Oct 29, 2013

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    I feel pressured to be muscly like those guys

    with big biceps and pecs, but I really don't.
    haygreen98 haygreen98 16-17, M Nov 22

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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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    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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    It's almost 1 in the morning I feel

    so fat I think I want to starve myself for a week but if I do that ill end up eating a lot So I might just do the abc diet
    Maria134747 Maria134747 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 30

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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 20 Responses Oct 29

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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 13 Responses Oct 20

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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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    as a kid i used to be really large

    so i never really grew out of feeling huge and still have a little dysmorphia despite losing 20+ pounds, used to have ana with bulimic tendencies and was hooked on diet pills at like ages 13-15 too. All just to feel like I look alright.....
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses 5 days ago

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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 70 Responses Dec 4

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    I always have. In middle school my parents

    wanted to send me to fat camp. I got out of it but always wondered what would have happened if I went.
    GinLV GinLV 41-45, M Nov 18

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    I am 28 years old. I started to dislike my body

    at 12... how is it possible that I have disliked my reflection for 16 years? I struggle with it daily and even when I change my self towards what is "ideal" I still can't help but be critical. In fact, I think I get worse...
    ozzgrrl ozzgrrl 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 28

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    I have struggled with my body image

    for 7 years now and my father is partially to blame. He always dictated the things that I ate and told me that I needed to lose weight ect. And the fact that my boyfriend is so out of my league makes me feel worse about myself because he is physically fit and attractive while I...
    JessicaTacos JessicaTacos 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 24

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    Ever since I elementary I remember never being

    truly comfortable in my skin. That's probably because anyone who got the chance reminded me of how ugly that I am, how I'll never be accepted in their "Groups". I'm that girl that gets skipped on Omegle. The one who can't relax because she's so worried that if she slips up...
    Holmesdown Holmesdown 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 5

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    I don't like looking at my body anymore I think

    its very ugly and its not enough for anyone
    nikueycookery nikueycookery 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 7

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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

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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 15 Responses Aug 5

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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 think that I'm way to skinny

    and my features are way to big... not a good combo.
    Holmesdown Holmesdown 16-17, F 1 Response 22 hrs ago

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    I am not perfect.....

    . And I will never be plastic
    SkullSweetHeart SkullSweetHeart 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 2

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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

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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 4 Responses Oct 31

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    ive never met a woman

    that didnt attract me physically intellectually or both
    ditzfough ditzfough 26-30, M 1 Response Dec 5

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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'm posting this to share my accomplishment.

    I'm finally starting to love my body!
    emgal emgal 16-17, F 14 Responses Nov 16

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    alexusk21 alexusk21 13-15, F 4 Responses Nov 11

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    littlebitty1 littlebitty1 22-25, F 5 Responses Nov 9

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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

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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...