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I Struggle With My Body Image

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    Who are we to tell ourselves
That the ring

    hanging
Around the rim of our jeans
Or that the empty space
Where our thighs don’t touch
Is not beautiful We dictate what beauty is
Because as our world acknowledges
In its narrow mind
Beauty has only
One answer
One definition
One image
And if we don’t...
    Cathii Cathii 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 1

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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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    well after my depression my weight has dropped

    from around 100 kg's to the range of 75-77 kg's and I kept that weight for about 2 years, knowing that I couldn't go to the gym because my studies have kept me super busy. about a couple of months ago I reached 82, but then with the last month in the graduation semester and...
    LoneDovahKiin LoneDovahKiin 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 2

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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'm really ugly but everyone keeps telling me

    I'm pretty. It's ******* me off because it's not true.
    UndyingLovatic UndyingLovatic 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I hate the way i look.

    I had a growth spurt and got too tall and huge. Im even taller than my mom and all of my fave clothes dont fit anymore. I feel like a fat cow.
    munchkinallie munchkinallie 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 24

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    I wish I can be how I wish I was

    before I had two children it all jus happen so fast feel so uncomfortable with my body don't feel good dont look good to the point that I feel not ok with me no one understands how I feel everyday how depress it makes me feel
    precious805 precious805 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 13

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    I have hated my body

    since I could remember and I have been suffering with an ed for three or more years. I don't think I'll ever like myself.
    Skinnieminnie91 Skinnieminnie91 13-15, F Jul 17

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    I hate the way I look.

    I always have always will.
    tiffynicolee tiffynicolee 16-17, F 4 Responses Feb 3

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    Do I hate being overweight?

    Yes. But I'm not that motivated to try to lose weight. The odds are stacked against me. I have PCOS and now an underactive thyroid. The thing is, I've hated my body since puberty and no matter what I weigh, it's not as though I can get my Cerebral Palsy to disappear. It hurts...
    sweetstar1 sweetstar1 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 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 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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    Tomorrow I am going to my friends sisters

    bridal shower. My friend told me to wear a dress and if I wanted to wear one of hers I could. I hate when she says I should wear her clothes because I am a lot bigger than her. She is one of those stick skin girls with no boobs her but. She's like a B cup and I'm a D cup. I have...
    Lipsofred Lipsofred 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 18

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    So my eating disorder is getting worse ,

    keep feinting in public and my mum is probably on to me. I dont know what is scarier , being found out or never being found out. I think its time to get some help.
    LeilaOlivia LeilaOlivia 13-15, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    Im 15 and have been struggling with an eating

    disorder for three years , i don't know how to tell my mom :(
    LeilaOlivia LeilaOlivia 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 12

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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 14 Responses Oct 29, 2013

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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 13-15, F 25 Responses Apr 8

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    I'm a Bisexual male. I find

    that I see beautiful men a lot but my mind goes through stages. First I notice how gorgeous they look and how composed they are. Second I hope to meet someone like that in future. Third I start feeling bad about myself because I don't look as slim or as good as them and/or they...
    Shiznitone Shiznitone 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 30

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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 11 Responses 2 days ago

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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'm done. I'm sick with all the negativity.

    I'm turning 17 in a few weeks and for once I want to control this body image im struggling. I'm 5'5 and weigh around 160 pounds (or more I don't know I hate checking my weight). I struggled for perfection because I want to please my mom but she has to understand stand that I...
    burningdesir3 burningdesir3 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 12

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    Im 110 lbs now, i need to lose 10.

    Thats what happens when your roomate makes a huge *** cake in a house with only vegetables and fruit in it :/
    EffyXOXO EffyXOXO 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 11

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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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    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 78 Responses Mar 11, 2011

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    Almost 1 full year of training.

    95kg down to 83kg and have put on a lot of muscle that wasn't there. How am i looking guys and girls?
    pr1m3 pr1m3 18-21, M 4 Responses Jul 16

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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 15 Responses Apr 3

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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 wouldn't say I'm ugly,

    but I don't think I am pretty. Id say im cute at most but not pretty and certainly not "hot". I've struggled with my weight my whole life and I've recently lost 30lbs, and I'm not done yet. I have this thing in my head where I lose all the weight I've been wanting to and I'm...
    adimarie adimarie 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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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 34 Responses Jan 14, 2012

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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 5 Responses Dec 5, 2013

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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 writing this post to help people whom are

    struggling with there body image, specifically skin wise eg: acne ect ( I am one myself😉) . I recently discovered an AMAZING DIY homemade facial peel that requires only egg white and toilet paper (pfft toilet paper WHO'D THINK!?). Basically what you do is whisk the egg white...
    EmmaSheppard EmmaSheppard 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 7

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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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    When I go out I find it hard

    or when I go swimming, I try not to wear tank tops or shorts because I'm quiet muscly and my body is not famine at all. When I was with my friends I was wearing a short sleeved shirt and I was crossing my arms so my muscly where flexed, my friend said "Oh look she's showing off...
    AnotherTomboyGamer AnotherTomboyGamer 13-15, F 8 Responses 3 days ago

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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 9 Responses Jan 9

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    SkinnyJenny420 SkinnyJenny420 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    A year ago I weighed 200 pounds

    and now I weigh 138 pounds. I worked hard and I eat healthy. Lately I have been unable to lose any weight. My friends tell me that I look good and my weight is alright now but in my eyes I am still morbidly obese. I don't know what to do. I want to lose more weigh but I'm not...
    butterflykiki butterflykiki 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 19

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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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    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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    Ironically, it's the chemicals

    that are made to stop skin problems that make them worse. I know this because all my high school life I've been looking for the perfect cleanser for my skin, so I was lathering on chemical after chemical HOPING FOR A MIRACLE. For three days now I've been washing my face with...
    EmmaSheppard EmmaSheppard 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 18

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    I am struggling harder

    now with body image than I ever have in my entire life, to the point that I sometimes can't look people straight in the eye because I'm so convinced others think I'm terribly ugly. My body image hasn't been all that good for years now, but it took a hugely bad turn about a...
    TryingToFeelGoodAboutMyself TryingToFeelGoodAboutMyself 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 11

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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 11 Responses Feb 17

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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 honestly am not content with my body.

    I think partially because of sexual abuse and partially because of bullying. I used to try to starve myself but then I would get so hungry that i would just end up eating more:(
    Xander8905 Xander8905 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 16

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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...
    ChaceMarie ChaceMarie 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 13

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    I hate everything about the way I look.

    I've never told anymore in person, but it kills me to see other people so happy. It makes me do terrible things to myself. All my pimples are caused by my depression. And te more depressed I get the more I get. The more depressed I get the more I cut and the more cuts I get the...
    NPkid97 NPkid97 16-17, M 3 Responses Jul 5

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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 3 Responses May 27

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    Hate the way I look so much.

    Always so insecure about everything about me...
    TheAngelFromMyNightmare TheAngelFromMyNightmare 13-15, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I struggle with my body image everyday,

    but nobody can tell. I walk around like I have high self-esteem because I refuse to let people see me down. In reality, I hate the way my body looks.. I've been dealing with this my whole life, and trying to make a change.
    XxMarxX XxMarxX 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 5

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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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    A Daily Struggle

    from the number of people in this group, i can see that i'm not alone...i don't see myself as others do...never have and probably never will. i exercise and eat right...but it's never good enough...i push myself harder and some day i just "forget" to eat. even with all of this i...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses May 7, 2013

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