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I Struggle With My Body Image

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    However, in my opinion,

    you only get one body in this lifetime, so why spend so long wishing for a new one? Why would you pay money, JUST to be more socially acceptable, when you already are. People's bodies are unique, there isn't really a body that is alike, and too many people don't remember that...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 9 Responses Jul 7

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    I so envy skinny and fit people

    who don't have to work out so hard to be that skinny or fit.. I work out hard and will never be like them.
    halohai halohai 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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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 22 Responses Oct 29, 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 120 Responses Mar 11, 2011

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    When I was in high school I started taking

    birth control which caused me to gain over 50 pounds now I'm the fat friend all my friends are smaller than me
    morganwm09 morganwm09 22-25, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I feel like I'm never thin enough.

    My mom freaks out because I have lost 43lbs(WITHOUT TRYING) yet I still feel it isn't enough.
    SMGrove0312 SMGrove0312 18-21, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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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 19 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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    Ever since I was younger around the age of 6

    I've always been a little chunkier than the other's. When I was younger I didn't give a flying **** about how big I was all I cared about was playing on the playground and eating the rest of the cookies?? As I got older kid's would make jokes, even my so called "friend's" I didn...
    Amberrjade27 Amberrjade27 22-25, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    it is so hard to go from being skinny to being

    over weight . in the past year I gained 40 pounds . I used to always watch my weight so hard do to the fact obesity is prominent in my family . but I got pregnant at 16 and pretty much used that as a free pass . I thought it would just fall off as soon as I gave birth but I am 9...
    cheyennelopez8 cheyennelopez8 18-21, F 7 Responses Jun 10

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    Media has made to that,

    women and men alike, have to meet certain standards to be desired. I feel stupid for trying to conform to these standards. These standards saying men have to have abbs or they have to be buff. It's the same for women too. I just don't feel good enough.
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Jun 28

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    I am a 20 year old girl

    who has just recently hit the mark 195 pounds in weight...I never thought I would get to this. I was hanging around 170 for the longest time and feeling okay about it. I mean, I wasn't skinny but I also didn't feel bad about myself. I liked the way I was. But after I lost my...
    mylovelyshadow mylovelyshadow 18-21, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    I hate when people assume

    that I don't have body image issues just because I'm skinny. Yes, I'm skinny. I also have no boobs, no hips, acne, huge eyebrows, a big nose, freakishly tiny feet, perpetually cracked lips, and nasty oily hair. I just want to be hot, sexy, or gorgeous. I'm none of those things...
    aquarhapsody aquarhapsody 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 8

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    I hate my face, I'm sick of it.

    it's like a constant reminder of why people don't like me. And don't even get me started on how I hate the rest of me.
    Leo231 Leo231 13-15, M 8 Responses Jun 15

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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 11 Responses Nov 16, 2014

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    So earlier on i was making a cappuccino

    and decided that **** it, for a day im gonna actually step out of my comfort zone. For the very first time ever, Im gonna just take off my shirt and take a selfie. Its normal for guys my age to do that so why shouldnt i ? But ill only post it on EP because thats the only place...
    Sublevarse Sublevarse 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 18

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    I'm short and really fat,

    I wobble when I walk and I just feel like such a joke. This is my first post I'll post a more detailed post when it's not 2am haha:)
    tsbegh tsbegh 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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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 3 Responses Nov 28, 2014

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    Yesterday, a sweet girl posted about how she

    had been conversing on here with a guy and when she sent him a full body shot of herself, he disappeared. It resonated with me and I just now have time to reply. And I can't find it! I want to encourage her! I want to tell her to tell him to **** off! He revealed his true...
    LivvyMonroe LivvyMonroe 36-40, F 5 Responses May 28

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    I am short, considered heavy

    for my height, with an hourglass figure. But oh, I forgot about struggling the moment I was told that I the best find! Despite knowing that there could have been others just makes the feeling of being so desired and being called "a pleasure to the eyes", makes me want to bring...
    iCuriousBabe iCuriousBabe 41-45, F 11 Responses May 24

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    Although I'm not skinny I wouldn't qualify

    myself as "thick". I think I'm just fat and I can't stand to look in the mirror cause I see the same flaws. I've made changes.. Lost weight, gained weight, changed hair styles / colors and nothing helps. It's a constant battle.
    Courtneyraelove Courtneyraelove 18-21, F 11 Responses Jul 5

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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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    I've been starving myself

    for about a while know and idk I've always been called called fat growing up by family
    liliovoxo liliovoxo 13-15, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    I go through very strange mood swings.

    One second I feel confident, sexy and can rule the world but then a cloud comes over me and I feel ugly, shy and unhappy. I've been trying to work through this by myself because none of my friends or family understand and I feel judged. I don't want to feel this way but I can't...
    Toribeth99 Toribeth99 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 20

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    I'm perfectly fine with the way I look,

    maybe not the way I act though. I just don't like being bullied by others because of my appearance and clumsiness. I guess for this reason, I do not like the body I have.
    algezebra algezebra 16-17, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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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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    When I was younger I use to have a problem with

    my body image. I always thought I was fat or wasn't pretty enough. I know that I will never be super skinny because that not my body structure at all. But I did lose a couple of pounds and was okay with how I looked. I ended up getting pregnant and boy didn't the pounds come...
    AmorTiana AmorTiana 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 20

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    I'm just really skinny,

    like gross skinny.
    civix22 civix22 18-21, M 2 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    tbh it really hurts me

    when people say hurtful things to me today I was at the park with my friend and this guy called me a fat *** apple and it hurts because I feel like I'm fat and it really made me feel depressed because he's not the only one who said something hurtful
    justicechild justicechild 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 19

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    I started a diet a couple days ago.

    I'm hoping to lose some weight so I can (hopefully) feel better about myself.
    BaiiBoo BaiiBoo 16-17, F 7 Responses 1 day ago

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    Please read with care,

    and take steps to keep yourself feeling safe and secure, if reading about body image and associated topics are triggering for you. I’m your stereotypical short and fat person. I’m 5’2”, currently a size 22, and currently weighing somewhere around the 17st mark. At my...
    ChocolateCurvesModel ChocolateCurvesModel 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 26

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    ffiflon ffiflon 13-15, F 8 Responses Jul 3

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    I enjoy having sex with my girlfriend.

    It's the moments when we try something and I hear her say "I can't breathe" (her lungs are pretty bad since she smokes) that my mind screams "no you're too heavy."
    Moonspire Moonspire 16-17, F 16 hrs ago

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    Just got home and saw the crazy amount of new

    stretch marks climbing the inside of my thighs. I asked my mom why my bra always shows no matter what shirt I wear and the answer is it is because of my small, fully grown, boobs (I'm like a size AA) She told me to try the dress I was wearing with her magic push up bra. To her...
    horriblegossipgirl horriblegossipgirl 16-17, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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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 once remember being a very care free

    and happy kid with so much to look forward to. I never thought about what i looked like, or what was considered to be attractive, and not attractive. Why would i? But as i grew older, i had other kids make fun of me for being seemingly "different". Whilst the bullying wasn't...
    DropsofJupiter1 DropsofJupiter1 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    one day I'll look in the mirror

    and say "ok, i can work with this..." in the meantime I'll just loathe at the people who I perceive as "perfect"....
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 13 Responses Apr 28

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    No one so many people struggle with their body

    image, because all I seem to see is people shaming body types! Every body type is beautiful in someone's eyes. Whether you're thin, tall, small, heavy, curvy, straight down, small butt, big butt, small boobs, big boobs. Whatever. Someone will always appreciate you and your body...
    xItsChelsx xItsChelsx 16-17, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    I have started working out

    since January (and, surprisingly, still keeping up to this New Year's resolution). Before, I used to dedicate most of my time to my academic work, and most people would consider me a nerd. I do love learning new stuff. However, trying to make my body beautiful has become my...
    thundrstorms thundrstorms 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    hey everyone. i suppose this,

    falls under body image. but might be 18+. its hard, being a average / below average penis size. when the whole world. sees large penises as amazing. from **** to jokes ect. its hard to stand in a pub and hear females slag off the last guy they met.. maybe there is handful of...
    justaguy545 justaguy545 26-30, M 8 Responses 3 days ago

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    people tell me you're fine others tell me they

    love my body shape but i'm not convinced i hate my body so so much every time i look in the mirror i get so emotional and sometimes start to cry however i don't have the determination to struggle to reach my goal i just give up in front of food... it really sucks :(
    Agirlwithissues Agirlwithissues 16-17, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    So I've seen some videos

    that where shared on my fb about these women doing crazy exercises and really cool movies and it made me feel so lazy and gross... I would love to be able to work out and get crazy strong/tone like them but I just can't do it. It sucks because of all the stress I'm under and...
    GoldenHeart69 GoldenHeart69 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Oh no.. I gained weight

    and just realized that I got new stretch marks on the back of my thighs.. I'm so worried..
    halohai halohai 18-21, F 4 Responses 13 hrs ago

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    I think everyone does from time to time

    as we gain and lose weight or muscle in our lives. I personally wish I was taller but that won't change but you learn to accept what you have and move on.
    hal84 hal84 26-30, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Since when is there a body

    that we should all look like. Why do we strive to be skinny? To have a thigh gap? It's quite ridiculous. You're born the way you are, why change that with surgery? There will always be someone who says you're not good enough, but the thing is, staying yourself will...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 10 Responses 2 days ago

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    I struggle with my body image

    since i was 9 i hated my bodyy. At 11 I started being anorexic At 12 I battled bulmia It was on and of throught the year At 13 I tried stopping and im one month clean
    Itsnessaye Itsnessaye 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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