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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." 
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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.
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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!
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Maybe..
11/10/2011

Normal and body dysmorphic disorder are what come to mind now, the night I found this website.

 

I am crying because I feel normal. because I look at pictures of women who weigh what I did 3 months ago (210 lbs),  what my general weight has been for the last couple of years (195 lbs) and what I weigh now (185 lbs).

Due to the media and social norms, a girl like me rarely sees others who look like me, especially in their underwear & swimsuits.

Out in public, you don't know if someone you think looks nice is the same weight or size as you.

I see myself and I figure I look horrible. I come to know I look horrible.

I see the women on this website and know they look beautiful. Maybe I can feel beautiful now too.

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