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Body Image – Voices

“Today we see ‘fat’ as synonymous with ‘ugly’ when it’s really just a word.”
Buffalo, NY
I’m extremely insecure of my arms. I never wear tank tops or anything sleeveless because I don’t feel comfortable having my upper arms exposed.

It’s hard to be at the pool with all your friends on a hot summer day, when everyone is looking great in their bikinis and here I am, too insecure to take my sweater off.

I wish I could lose weight. People who think it’s easy to lose weight have probably never struggled with their size.

It’s a lot of hard work and it’s always going to be a constant battle, but I just have to keep reminding myself that I am good enough in the skin I’m in now.

Sometimes, it’s really hard for me to accept my body because of the way the media has brainwashed us all.

Little girls grow up playing with stick-thin Barbie dolls and seeing only skinny, beautiful models in the commercials in between cartoons, which is subconsciously teaching them that this is the only image of beauty.

To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a body in the media that ever looked quite like mine.

Today we see ‘fat’ as synonymous with ‘ugly’ when it’s really just a word. It’s just an adjective like short or tall. Is ‘fat’ really the worst thing you can be?

It is so important to be aware that the media totally distorts society’s idea of what is beautiful and what is not.

All of the pictures of the girls you so badly wish you could look like, probably don’t even look like that themselves because of all the Photoshop.

The standards that we’re longing for are so unrealistic, but this feeling of not being good enough is what is keeping all the big dieting and weight loss brands in business, raking in millions every year.

At the end of the day, we are in the only bodies we will ever have and we all have to try to see past the brainwashing and start accepting ourselves the way we are.

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