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Body Image – Voices

“Take better care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.”
Hempstead, NY
Before college, I was overweight all throughout high school.

High school was awkward as hell for me. I was known as the chubby kid obviously.

Of course, kids would tease me and call me names and stuff, but the real bullies lived in the same house as me. I was the only overweight kid in my family and they always made me feel like less of a person because of my weight.

‘Why are you so chubby?’ ‘Why don’t you lose some weight?’ And that’s just the beginning of my family members teasing me.

They just made feel worthless all the time. Though I am not really big on social media, I would say that it definitely plays a huge role in today’s society.

I’ve seen some of my female friends compare their bodies to these girls on social media, who probably don’t look like themselves. It breaks my heart sometimes when I see beautiful girls compare themselves to other girls.

I am not going to sit and say I’ve never compared my body to someone else because I have. And social media has put an effect on that.

People judge all day and every day. When I got to college, not too long ago, that’s when I realized I need to make some changes.

I started going to the gym on a regular basis and I started eating healthier.

I actually starved myself most of the time, which I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. But on the bright side, when I left, I started feeling good about myself.

I’m not saying that I don’t suffer from body insecurities because I still do. My advice is don’t hurt yourself by starving.

Make a couple of changes if you want, and just start taking better care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.

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