SURVEY ASSISTANCE: Help us make our community better by answering our new survey CLICK HERE
Clear Search Random Image
Height
Age
Weight
Pant Size
Shirt Size
Shape pear shaped apple shaped banana shaped hourglass shaped
Select Sizes
& Search
Search
My Body Stories Accept Me As I Am
This morning I decided to write myself a letter, then when I got started writing I thought maybe I wanted to write everyone a letter. This itch may have started when a guy I had been seeing told me he could no longer see me in a romantic manner because I was too chubby for him. Well, for those of you who love the victory karma, haha, in-yo-face moment, here it is. I am poor. I’m a full time college student without a job. I can’t afford to wear clothes that show off my figure. However, yesterday the guy who broke it off with me saw me walk out of the gym. He stopped in his tracks and did a double. He walked up to me and told me I looked amazing. He saw me two weeks ago, not wearing my gym attire, and I was too chubby for him. I just looked at him, wondered what I ever saw in him, and walked away.
Crying While Grocery Shopping
I don't think I can ever remember a time where I wasn't disgusted with my own body.  Even from a young age I would constantly complain, whether it was to my friends or just to myself, about how much bigger I was than what seemed to me like everyone else.  When I went to boarding school in 9th grade, this body misconception only became worse.  At only 14 I was shipped off to Connecticut to attend one of the top schools in the country, knowing no one and being completely vulnerable.  After being so body conscious for so long I had managed to maintain a fairly average weight of 130lbs at 5'8".  Still, I was not satisfied and friends that I had made up at school grew tired of my constant complaining about my perfectly normal body. I even had guy friends tell me that I was "so insecure, it was unattractive." 
View More Submit Story
News The War on Female Nipples Impacts Body Image Too
This issue’s feature story for the newletter was going to be about our updated guidelines for picture uploads, but a little Facebook snafu provided a more provocative topic. On our Facebook page (which you should follow if you don’t already), we regularly post articles of interest about body image and body positivity. Sometimes these venture into areas that some people might consider risqué. We try to flag such articles as NSFW (not safe for work) or somehow indicate that the content might be problematic. Usually the thumbnail images accompanying articles have been chosen to be “Facebook friendly” (e.g. no female nipples), but occasionally they are borderline.
Social Media Link Roundup
Here are some of the most popular posts and shares on our social media lately. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see more articles about body image and body positivity in your feeds. Join the comments and debates!
View More
Back to Body StoriesOlderNewer
Use It!
02/21/2010

I never thought much about my body image while I was growing up.

 

My mom was always slim and fit. I was always slim - and I was on the gymnastics and cheerleading teams in high school. Then I got to college. Midnight pizza. Snacking all the time. And I wasn't on a sports team anymore. You've heard of girls gaining the freshman 5? The freshman 10? I gained the Freshman 35 and went from a size 6 to a size 12 or 14. Suddenly, I looked at my body - and it was alien and grotesque.

So, I decided that eating was a bad habit I'd gotten into - and I should just stop. So, I did. And, in my 18 year old logic, I thought that if I had a glass of water and an apple every day, that would be enough to keep me healthy. I felt hungry sometimes, but I was going to be the queen of willpower. I lost about 20 pounds and then decided I'd start eating "normally" again.

Well, the first time I tried a breakfast of cottage cheese and cereal, my stomach clenched in pain. I curled up on the floor of my room for about three hours before my roommates found me and took me to the student clinic. The Doctors there examined me and after determining that I was too dehydrated for them to even take blood, they said, "You have a condition that we typically see in prisoners of war who have been starved to death, then forced to eat. Have you recently been starved to death, then forced to eat?" Hm. "Maybe I should tell you," I began, "I've been dieting a little."

Recovery wasn't fun. They basically had to wean me back ONTO food. I put some weight back on, then decided that I would have to take it off slowly - cut the sugars and simple carbohydrates, exercise more, drink a lot of water. And I did. Slowly. Gradually. Healthily. I didn't put it on overnight, I wasn't going to take it off overnight.

I yo-yoed a bit after that, then settled into a routine of workouts and healthy eating. Oh - and I threw away the scale. I was not going to let a number dictate how I should feel about my body. Now, as long as my clothes fit, I don't worry about my weight.

So, this isn't the tale of someone with an eating disorder who almost died. This isn't even the tale of someone who had an eating disorder for years and did irreparable harm. This is someone who DABBLED in an eating disorder and recovered - mostly. You see, my own body image will go up and down with my self esteem. I know that I'm 5'6 and a half, I weigh 125 pounds and usually wear a size 6 or S in most clothes. But as to whether I'm a banana, an apple, a pear or an hourglass - that all depends on what day it is. I honestly couldn't tell you.

But here's the other funny thing that happened since that time in college. I can't tell what anyone else's body really looks like either. Unless someone is morbidly obese or dramatically tall or short, I look at them and assume that they're about the same size and shape as I am. I don't know whether that's good or bad. It just is.

I also know that I have a daughter entering adolescence - and I want her to feel good about her body, even as it's constantly changing. So, I encourage her physical activity (she's a springboard diver!). We talk about what healthy eating is, what unhealthy eating is, what "moderation" really means and what all different types of bodies look like. I try to set an example for her. I run and ride my bike regularly. I cook with whole grains and fresh vegetables. We snack on fruit and carrots - and yeah, *sometimes* cookies or ice cream.

I also make sure that when she sees me getting dressed or looking at a mirror, she sees me smile at my own reflection. She doesn't see me worrying about my body. She sees me using it and having fun. I love that I get to catch her doing that, too. It makes me very proud.

Submit Your Photos!
Calling All Real Women

The My Body Gallery project needs real Women! We need your help to develop the project and build a collection of photos that will help more women see themselves more clearly. Upload a picture of your full body. Our photo submission process also allows you to block out part of the image to protect your identity, if you wish. Please note that you must be 18 to upload a photo.

Upload Photos
MY BODY GALLERY QUIZ
Test your body-image awareness with our quiz! The results might surprise you...
BEGIN QUIZ
what does a woman size 0 look like ?how big is a woman size 0what does a woman size 2 look like ?how big is a woman size 2what does a woman size 4 look like ?how big is a woman size 4what does a woman size 6 look like ?how big is a woman size 6what does a woman size 8 look like ?how big is a woman size 8what does a woman size 10 look like ?how big is a woman size 10what does a woman size 12 look like ?how big is a woman size 12what does a woman size 14 look like ?how big is a woman size 14what does a woman size 16 look like ?how big is a woman size 16what does a woman size 18 look like ?how big is a woman size 18what does a woman size 20 look like ?how big is a woman size 20what does a woman size 22 look like ?how big is a woman size 22what does 110 lbs look like ?what does 120 lbs look like ?what does 130 lbs look like ?what does 140 lbs look like ?what does 150 lbs look like ?what does 160 lbs look like ?what does 170 lbs look like ?what does 180 lbs look like ?what does 190 lbs look like ?what does 200 lbs look like ?what does 210 lbs look like ?what does 220 lbs look like ?what does 230 lbs look like ?what does 240 lbs look like ?what does 250 lbs look like ?what does 260 lbs look like ?what does 270 lbs look like ?what does 280 lbs look like ?what does 290 lbs look like ?what does 300 lbs look like ?what does 310 lbs look like ?what does 320 lbs look like ?what does 330 lbs look like ?what does 340 lbs look like ?what does 350 lbs look like ?what does 360 lbs look like ?what does 370 lbs look like ?what does 380 lbs look like ?what does 390 lbs look like ?what does 400 lbs look like ?