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I Struggle With My Body Image

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    Still...I Thought I Would Be Done With This By Now.

    This is one of those topics that I really don't feel much like writing about but no time like the present. Right now I am about a size 6 (or baggy 8).  I have made my personal peace with being that size.  Not a total peace...more of a truce.  Would I prefer (in my heart of...
    TKD1 TKD1 46-50, F 3 Responses Nov 30, 2013

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    I've been a large person

    for many years. I was always taller and heavier then my classmates. When my friends were trying to diet to fit into size 0's, I was a 13. I wore women's 12's for a year then ballooned up to 16's by the end of high school. In college I did Atkins, and fencing lost back to 12 for...
    Dupexi Dupexi 31-35, F 5 Responses Dec 1, 2013

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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 69 Responses Mar 11, 2011

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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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    I Thought I Was Better But Guess Not

    I hate this thought I was doing so much better until I just tried on clothes I thought should fit me by now I tried not to cry but my eyes got so filled the tears pretty much come pouring out I wish I had a magic wand so I could fix myself and anybody else going through this I...
    willieverbegoodenough willieverbegoodenough 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 12, 2013

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    I have struggled with a eating disorder

    for the last 5 years. I thought once i got to my "goal" weight i would stop and life would go on. Every time i reached my "goal" i would say just 5 more pounds. I was overweight, peaking at 170. I got down to 125-130 in around 3 months. After being depressed and wanting to kill...
    erika614 erika614 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    Im skinny..been picked on by family "friends"

    even people i didnt know.. I tried to not care but hearing it over and over it starts to get to you. People tell me im lucky im skinny yet they dont know what i push myself thru everyday. Do i eat? Heck yeah i eat ! I eat when ever i get a chance. I didnt choose to be skinny i...
    lynn1497 lynn1497 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 18

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    i really hate how i look.

    i may not be really fat nor ugly but i'm not slim nor pretty either. and i live in asia, so if you're chubby, you're considered as fat bc almost every girl i know here is stick thin. i just came back from camp and i saw the group photos and i can't help but compare myself with...
    byzelo byzelo 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 19, 2013

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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've gotten. I know that there are some people out there who will not like my body, but those that do have given me confidence and I'm...
    Dreamer32 Dreamer32 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 8

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    My Story

    I hate the way I look I always have and I think I always will. I was bullied from a young age and I am not blaming the bullies for making me like this I'm blaming society. Personally I think society is distorting and corrupting what we see as true beauty eg Marilyn Monroe...
    EmilyPop28 EmilyPop28 16-17, F 7 Responses Nov 3, 2013

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    :|

    5'2" 111 lbs. That is how much I weight. They number I will agree is low, yet when I look in the mirror I feel... huge. I ordered some clothes online and they came. I ordered a medium thinking they would wouldn't fit, maybe I should get a large. They were too big. :| I don't...
    AreYouMadCool AreYouMadCool 18-21, F 17 Responses Jun 3, 2013

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    I've always been a quiet not

    so secure person since my earliest memories I first discovered my body dysmorphic disorder in 9th grade (3 years ago) I just couldn't go to school my body was telling me no but I didn't know why yet after a few weeks of being house bound I saw true life: I hate my face on MTV...
    highheelsandtattoos highheelsandtattoos 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 19

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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 37 Responses Jan 14, 2012

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    I hate my body. I'm 5'10

    and I weigh 185. I have stretchmarks on my chest and stomach from growing too much, too fast. It hurts looking in the mirror because just five years ago, I weighed 125. I didn't have stretch marks on my chest. My stomach was flat. I didn't have a health issue causing me to get...
    Jadee772 Jadee772 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 5, 2013

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    Image Isn't Everything...

    So many people struggle with their body image, I don't think many people can say they are truly happy with what they look like. I envy people who can. In an age were a lot of things are image driven and people are obsessive over looking great, staying young and being beautiful...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 10, 2012

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    Hello. Today I decided to add a new challenge

    to my life. Today is February 17, 2014 and I currently weight 331lbs. Day one of the 90-day challenge! All my life I’ve been over weight and I’ve always been embarrassed about it. I’ve been big for so long that I’ve just accepted that I’m overweight. I shielded myself...
    Dakracken Dakracken 22-25, M 4 Responses Feb 17

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    Tried a zillion diets,

    always been 50 to 100 pounds overweight...had to be at a beach resort and I just went with it, forgot about my problem and had a good time shirtless barring it all....rare for me. I was not alone! I am losing weight again though, never give up.
    sephie sephie 51-55, M 2 Responses Mar 4

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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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    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 13-15, F 27 Responses Apr 8

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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 struggled for a long time.

    I would take appetite suppressants or eat only skittles for days on end. And I would force myself to work out for hours almost everyday. Young straight people have their parents and a vast majority of the populace to look up to. As a young gay guy I didn't know of any older gay...
    pablobravotx pablobravotx 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 3

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    I'm too fat.. But actually!

    I do so many sports to slim down but it doesn't work :( I box, I play soccer, I'm on a fittness team at my school, I run, and I work out for fun.. Nothing works, and my mom always compares me to my sister who is skinnier :( I'm going anorexic, final decision.. Even if it kills...
    junobuno junobuno 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 24

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    I really do. I kind of always have i guess.

    .. I was bullied in my early school years and it was beaten into my head that i didn't have the body that i should have. It's hard to believe compliments when i get them now because i don't think they're true.
    Juliathepainter Juliathepainter 16-17, F 4 Responses Feb 19

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    nanielove22 nanielove22 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 5

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    I finally understood,

    Why I'm so attention seeking Why I behave like this Why I struggle with my self confidence It's all because of the past, that I've never told anyone. I actually threw up after eating. That's how bad it's getting.
    prettybr0wneyes prettybr0wneyes 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 3

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    I Am Sorry to Hear That

    I am sad to hear when people struggle with body image.  It is not the outside package, but what is inside.  That is one thing being a nudist has taught me.  I have never met a nudist with the "perfect" body.  Everyone has scars, folds, extra weight...
    ohnudeone ohnudeone 41-45, M 6 Responses Dec 13, 2007

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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 hate being so skinny :/ I am gluten free

    can't eat anything I love :/ makes me poorly n it's just so hard to gain weight :/ it's so annoying when people say **** n your like be in my shoes n see what I have to deal with before your open your stupid mouth :/
    RaniFkayy RaniFkayy 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 24

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    I dislike my nose and the fact

    that I'm only 5'4 . It's annoying to wear heels all the time to feel human lol
    AlinaLR AlinaLR 31-35, F 6 Responses Feb 4

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    It has come to the point

    where I just completely ignore it. I rarely look in the mirror when fully dressed, let alone when all of my fleshy flaws are exposed. The more I avoid the mirror the easier it is to not think about it. The less I think about it, the less depressed I am. Part of me wants to just...
    ClassicsGeek ClassicsGeek 18-21, F 11 Responses Jan 9

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    TheBigGirl TheBigGirl 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 24

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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 13 Responses Feb 17

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    I Don'T Know How I Look Like

    Ever since I was little everything revolved around being thin. My mother always made me feel like was huge. And maybe as a toddler I was a bit on the chubby side, but aren't moms supposed to love their child no matter what? I try and think that my mom does love me and she just...
    WinterUnicorn WinterUnicorn 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 1, 2013

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    I really hate my body,

    like can't look in the mirror hate it.
    Rebeccaej Rebeccaej 13-15, F 17 Responses Jan 10

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    Most of my life i have always viewed myself

    as bigger than others. I am not sure why, i have always felt like i was not good enough or worthy of anyones time. My girls see pictures of me when i was a younger woman and they tell me how skinny i was and how pretty i was (then they say, im still pretty now, and i dont look...
    confused623 confused623 36-40, F Mar 25

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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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    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 13-15 16 Responses Nov 30, 2013

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    I really do struggle with my body image.

    I'm over weight, I have been for as long as I can remember, in fact I don't ever remember being thin not even as a kid and I can tell you I never sat still long back then. November 2012 I ended with a meniscal tear in my right knee and it was 6 months before I got in for surgery...
    misspaperwait misspaperwait 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 22

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    Every since middle school I have been made fun

    of my weight . I was an overweight kid but those bulles who would always bully me about my weight have me inspiration so I started to get more healthy and now I feel more better about myself but I know I could still loose more weight .
    newmark08 newmark08 16-17, M 2 Responses Feb 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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    I'm overweight (technically obese),

    I've always been bigger and I have always hated myself for it. My siblings are all skinny and beautiful and I feel like, being the youngest, I was given the left over genes...My oldest sister is the hot, blond that is a total MILF, my second oldest sister is the amazonian type...
    KermodeMomma KermodeMomma 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 11

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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 be shredded and fit with muscles and 6 packs. I'm not that fat though, I'm 20 years old, 164 cm tall and 57 kg (mostly muscles, and that's after...
    Blossomlilly Blossomlilly 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 24

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    I have come to the realization

    that no matter how much weight I lose, how hard I work out, or how well I eat - I will never be happy with my body.
    beautifulc0nfessions beautifulc0nfessions 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 27

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    Ever time I look in the mirror I'm never

    satisfied with my body. I wish I was a little bit slimmer but sometimes I can't control what I eat. I don't a lot. And I've been making up excuses to work out which is really bad because I haven't worked out in like 3 weeks. I lost motivation. I can't eat healthy because I don't...
    andreaespe andreaespe 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 19

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    My name is Gem and I'm 17 years old.

    I have very low self confidence with my body image. I never used to be, I used to LOVE my body and was so confident! But since I became unwell for a long time I started to comfort eat, which then lead to me gaining around 3st in weight. I know feel like half the person I was. I...
    AnonBlogger17 AnonBlogger17 16-17, F Mar 17

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    I like to think I'm ok with my body

    but when I really look, I'm like "ugh!" I've had 7 kids but it's really not that bad. People are amazed when I tell them that because I don't look like it...with clothes on, anyway. I have spider veins on the backs of my knees so I rarely wear shorts or knee length dresses. I...
    ShebrewRed ShebrewRed 36-40, F Feb 16

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    My name is Brook and I am a student at Belmont

    University researching body image issues in men and women. I have struggled with body image myself since I was about 14 years old. I am interested in hearing from other people who struggle with the same issues and hear your own personal story.
    Belmontbrook Belmontbrook 31-35, F Mar 13

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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 hate the way I look I feel ugly despite being

    told otherwise and the same with my weight
    sheabelle sheabelle 16-17, F 9 Responses Dec 29, 2013

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    People are always telling me in

    so gorgeous! My blue eyes and long blonde hair, but they only see my face and nothing else. I struggle with how I look. I have paleish skin so my chest and boobs are veiny, like you can see the main veins. I also have many stretch marks. I'm not fat or chubby.. But I have shape...
    sunflowers123 sunflowers123 16-17, F 3 Responses Feb 27

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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 18 Responses Apr 3

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    All my friends are a healthy size & then

    there's me who stands out because I'm bigger than everyone else .
    simplysiani simplysiani 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 16

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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 metabolism is insanely fast.

    Now having a high metabolism, definitely has its perks. I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want, and as much as I want, without worrying about becoming morbidly obese. I've had a lot of people tell me how much they envy my metabolism, and sure having a high metabolism may...
    Hatebreeder59 Hatebreeder59 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 17

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    I have more body hair

    than most females and it's frustrating.
    BreakfastSpecial BreakfastSpecial 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 20

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    I hate the way I look.

    I always have always will.
    tiffynicolee tiffynicolee 16-17, F 5 Responses Feb 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...
    aprilsums aprilsums 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 10

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