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I Struggle With My Body Image

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    I can't look at pictures of beautiful girls

    without wanting to cry. They are everywhere, in the streets, in the magazines on social media, I feel like a literal piece of **** when I see them. I can't stop feeling like this. It brings my whole world down and I want to just waste away into nothing
    Abcdefghijessy Abcdefghijessy 18-21, F 12 Responses Aug 14

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    I think today I finally realized I need to

    start being happy with myself and stop putting myself down so much, I've always suffered with confidence because of my appearance... it's kind of funny because whenever people meet me they're like 'you're so confident' but they really don't know how good I am at acting like I am...
    leahmayo96 leahmayo96 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I hate how I look...always have,

    always will. I'm in the process of losing major weight right now because I've always been overweight and was constantly picked on for it when I was younger, and I just want to learn to love myself. However, this isn't about my body...it's about my face. I've always known that I...
    dfoster3 dfoster3 18-21, F 21 Responses 2 days ago

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    I hate my height.. I feel

    so insecure and ugly. I wish I was taller, at least 5'7 or something. I feel like clothes don't look good on me (specially jeans because I have short legs) and it depresses me. Who else feels like this?
    margothehuman margothehuman 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 21

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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 6 Responses May 28

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    ffiflon ffiflon 13-15, F 8 Responses Jul 3

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    loveyourself98 loveyourself98 16-17, T 5 Responses a week 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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    I feel fat and disgusting

    and every time I eat I feel so bad about it. I wish I could just for once feel good inside my own skin.
    OMyDarling OMyDarling 36-40, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    I am skinny but I absolutely hate my stomach my

    stomach looks so weird and then I see all these models with flat stomachs and curves and I just have a weird shape and I hate it I eat a lot less now cause I'm afraid I'm gonna gain weight and not be able to get a flat stomach or I'm afraid I'll stay this shape for the rest of...
    heyitsme423 heyitsme423 13-15, F 4 Responses 3 days 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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    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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    I'm currently shaping up,

    I do 20 minutes of hip swivelling a day like hula hoop on the wii fit but without the wii fit. I plan on making my ex feel bad for saying I was ordinary :)
    Paleandpolluted86 Paleandpolluted86 26-30, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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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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    I was doing ok on a weight loss programme I had

    maintained a 5lb loss over 3 months and was up and down over the summer holidays with day's out and drinking. I felt good and I felt more confident. Then last night I gained a whopping 6.5lb in a week and I've no idea what I did wrong as I've not indulged anymore than normal...
    myownbox myownbox 26-30, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    during my school year id get comments on my

    body i know I'm not skinny and everything but they just make it worst. i don't tell my friends about how i feel cus i think they will judge me. Every time i look in the mirror i see a fat and ugly person and thats why Im talking about it here so maybe someone with the same...
    tati01 tati01 13-15, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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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'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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    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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    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 Jul 27

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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 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 121 Responses Mar 11, 2011

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    Here's a before and after.

    I lost 53 pounds. It's not enough, going to get down to 130 and see how I feel.
    SMGrove0312 SMGrove0312 18-21, F 37 Responses Aug 3

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    Gay guys can be brutal.

    A gorgeous friend of mine who is insanely thin told me about all the imperfections that these gay guys pointed out (politely, but still pointed them out.) when he had his shirt off. I'm 170lbs and 5'10", fairly good looking and in fairly good shape, but still feel like hiding...
    boobaloo22 boobaloo22 36-40, M 1 Response 5 days 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 4 Responses Nov 28, 2014

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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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    I've been made fun of

    for being over weight. It sucks cuz I see all of the other skinny girls who can eat whatever they want and get to wear whatever they want. It's unfair and I just feel so alone. I've been starving myself and working out and taking pills, but it's not working. I just don't know...
    wspeck15 wspeck15 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I'm not overweight or underweight,

    I'm just a little chubby. The thing with my school is all the guys are searching for that perfect fit and beautiful smart girl No body is perfect. They are the reason most girls struggle with their body image
    leftunloved leftunloved 13-15, F 6 Responses Apr 8

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    Whenever i start to feel a little okay about my

    image i go to school and then my confidence is totally shattered... At this point i would give up almost anything to have a thin body, long straight hair naturally and a beautiful pale complexion ):
    ForestNymphet ForestNymphet 16-17, F 34 Responses 6 days ago

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    I feel confident in my own body.

    I love the way I look, even if I'm not super skinny or model height. But as soon as I leave the bathroom all of this self confidence disappear and I feel chubby, awkward and want to hide under a rock. I hate myself in pictures, especially my face (my nose). Everyone is so good...
    Stanpines Stanpines 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 20

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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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    Everyone keeps telling me how 'gorgeous'

    and 'good looking' my boyfriend is and i know that i am butt ugly.. so now i am starting to question why he is with me at all? nobody ever compliments me, so that rules me out of being in the 'decent looking' group. I only have one friend (literally) so i know it cant be because...
    Friendship0nlyPlease Friendship0nlyPlease 22-25, F 9 Responses Aug 20

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    I am a grey-homosexual guy (I am not sexually

    attracted to anyone but prefer to date my own gender as my biology reacts more to it) and I have always been body conscious. I have never liked the way I have looked, I have gone through extreme diets before, I always self deprecate as I do not like how I look. As being part of...
    senilej89 senilej89 26-30, M Aug 22

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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 6 Responses Jun 10

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    despite anything people my age typically

    believe, I know that having bigger boobs or a slimmer waist won't make me happy but I'm tired of being the girl who is overlooked because she doesn't have a 'nice rack'. it's not like I can control how I grow or what I look like but my insecurities have come to the point where I...
    xnikkkix xnikkkix 13-15, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I struggle with this every day.

    I hate looking at myself in the mirror, hate getting on the scale, I hate putting clothes on and feeling the tightness. I have struggled with my weight all my life, I started having children at a young age and over a course of 10 yrs had 6, the twins were the hardest on my body...
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses 6 days ago

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    I really do. its like I'm skinny

    but I'm also not. no matter what I do my weight doesn't change. well other people notice but I don't. it doesn't make shopping fun. it makes it stressful I'm not even a size 3 but no matter what I don't think I'll ever love my body
    julyybabey julyybabey 16-17, F 2 Responses 5 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 30 Responses Jan 14, 2012

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    I had surgery on my stomach last summer

    and I can't seem to lose the weight from being stuck in bed for months and I hate how I look in a bathing suit. I just wish for once I could be happy with how I look and not have to think someone is staring at my stretch marks 😞
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response 6 days ago

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    well today is finally app day im getting my

    hair done in extension braids
    unicorngal unicorngal 26-30, F 3 hrs ago

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    Today was another hard day

    for me. I have feelings of disgust and can't look at myself in the mirror yet find I can't look away either I just stare. Draining
    myownbox myownbox 26-30, F 7 Responses 1 day ago

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    Hate it very much, but slowly making it better.

    Just wish it could happen 10x faster. Sometimes I feel like it's 5 steps backwards.. but I'll get there!
    ModifiedMamaofTwo ModifiedMamaofTwo 18-21, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    I feel like a part of me knows

    that I am actually a good looking young lady, but there's an even bigger part of me that says "No, that's not true".I'm 5'5 and approximately 205lbs (see attached photo for a simulated likeness of what my body is shaped like). I know that I'm not as heavy as a lot of people in...
    SplendidChai SplendidChai 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    getting up tommorow gonna try sunbeds wanna get

    brown already put the anti ageing cream on face wear hairband wanna get that man
    unicorngal unicorngal 26-30, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    Unfortunately lots of people think I'm cute.

    The problem is I'm 15, I'm too tall for my age and I barely have abs. I grow my bangs really long so they cover my eyes and most of my face because I don't want people to see how childish I look. My fingers and toes are freakishly long too. They look like spiders crawling out of...
    reaperthejack reaperthejack 13-15, M 2 Responses 3 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 22-25, F 6 Responses Jun 8