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I Struggle With My Body Image

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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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    Okay so the whole "real women have curves"

    thing bothers me. I'm apparently "too skinny" but I'm also tall! I'm just fed up because I've found myself really second guessing my body image more and more lately and I don't want to become unhealthy from the anxiety of being "too skinny" I don't like how people who are curvy...
    tourdeforce tourdeforce 18-21, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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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 3 Responses Jan 18

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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 had a healthy body most of my adult life.

    I was aging well, in great shape, and enjoyed physical intimacy. Recently, I was diagnosed with a chronic disorder that requires taking medications with nasty side effects that can result in weight gain, hypertension, diabetes and some types of cancer. In the last year I gained...
    padraig17325 padraig17325 51-55, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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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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    my self confidence is

    so low. i hate it. ?? im far from what society calls "normal", strength is something i have though.
    mekaxoxo mekaxoxo 16-17, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    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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    have always worried about my weight.

    I was really fat in elementary school. and so I just did stupid things go loose a lot of weight :/
    boredgirl02 boredgirl02 13-15, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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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, 2014

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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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    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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    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, 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 was a whale. I was 180+ lbs,

    then dropped down to about 128. I was so happy at that weight, but my parents were worried and forced me to eat all the time until I put on about 10 lbs. I just want to get back to that weight. Why is that so hard?
    indecisivewitch indecisivewitch 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 9

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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 7 Responses Jan 22

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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 16 Responses Nov 17, 2014

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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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    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 have extreme gender dysphoria

    and its getting worse and I'm not out to anyone yet and idk what to do...
    emily1015 emily1015 13-15, T 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    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, the little things get lost in translation...
    Superficialsaint Superficialsaint 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 15

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    I have been anorexic,

    bulimic for 3 years and at one point I hit rock bottom and was in a mental institution and since I wasn't able to go to my room after eating I resorted to throwing up in a cabinet in the room they put me in eventually I was bought and put there longer life was he'll and still is...
    AwkwardMango AwkwardMango 13-15, T 2 Responses Feb 17

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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 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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    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 5 Responses Jul 13, 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 122 Responses Mar 11, 2011

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    after the depo shot and being depressed

    because of my stressful 8 year relationship as well as two babies I went from 115lbs to 193lbs. I hate my body and its hard to lose weight but I'm pushing myself to lose 60 pounds
    kjndlani1213 kjndlani1213 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 9

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    I love my mother but she's always pointing out

    anything that's wrong with me. The last time I got on a scale it said I weighed 115 pounds and all she said was "you gained five pounds, I told you that you should watch what you eat" and then goes on a few days later to say that girls who want thigh gaps are being ridiculous. I...
    EmotionallyWrecked EmotionallyWrecked 16-17, F 6 Responses 6 days ago

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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'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 6 Responses Nov 28, 2014

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    I have an anxiety disorder

    which compells me to pull out my hair. I always have my hair up to hide the bald patches, but Im always worried I missed a spot and that "Im showing". Im always worried "I dont look right, or normal". I feel like a freak.
    Mikashirinkuto Mikashirinkuto 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    I'm so sick of this ridiculous tiring *******

    diet! I hate looking at an unfit body more.
    Danlor9991 Danlor9991 22-25, M Feb 6

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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 13 Responses Oct 29, 2013

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    I've always been on the skinnier side.

    I was really interested in strength training, but watching others train and become bigger and stronger than me, despite being less dedicated and starting later than I was really discouraging. I'm insecure about even telling people I like working out. I fear they'll judge me...
    gaeson3 gaeson3 18-21, M 2 Responses Feb 5

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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'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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    Can I just have small boobs

    and skinny legs? Because that's be great. I hate how my calves are thick. My stomach and waist are small but my chest and thighs widen and isn't proportional with my body.
    Wallflower369 Wallflower369 16-17, F Feb 24

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    Its so crazy because I've always been very

    athletic and skinny. 5'8 130lbs... but I still struggle! For a long time it was because I had small breast, but I recently got them done and it solved the problem for awhile but I still find myself unhappy with not being perfect. It's sick honestly!
    KenziY KenziY 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 20

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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 44 Responses Jan 18

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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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    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 am in a profession

    that requires or sud I say that expects one to be physically robust and tough but I am not so. people undermine me and take me forgranted most of the time coz of my appearance. I know I'm much more than what I appear to be but now I also feel pulled back by peoples reaction. I'm...
    StrongConnection StrongConnection 26-30, F Feb 25

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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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    Although I do not think about it ceaselessly,

    body image is something I ponder from time to time. Before I hit puberty, I was very skinny and underweight which made me extremely self conscious. I always hoped I would grow up to have more fat! Now, I am still skinny but my boobs are much larger than the rest of my body...
    Deedle81 Deedle81 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 25

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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 21 Responses Oct 29, 2014

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    tourdeforce tourdeforce 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 19