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My Body Stories Mistaken for a Preteen
Society tells me my size makes me a bad person. I look in the mirror and I feel betrayed. I was promised breasts and curves and everything that comes standard to being a woman; I was promised that the bullying would stop when I got out of high school. Those promises were lies. Instead I'm 4'11", 43kg, flat-chested and resemble a slightly warped board. 
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Today is a bad day, all determined by the number on the scale. I am 48 and have struggled with eating issues throughout my life. At age 12 I had anorexia severe enough for mom to take me to the doctor. I was never overweight until the past 7 years, where a combination of factors, aging, metabolism, and medical issues...combined to a 40 pound weight gain. I am 5'6 and weigh 198 pounds. I struggle, I wrestle, I battle with my size.
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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!
The Perils of Vanity Sizing
One of the most popular links on the My Body Gallery Facebook page recently was an article about J. Crew’s move to roll out a new women’s size “000”. The reason for such a change is not that women are shrinking (quite the contrary…average height and weight continues to steadily climb) but that clothing manufacturers have over the past decade been engaging in a practice called “vanity sizing”—psychologically manipulating customers into feeling better about their bodies by changing the measurements on garments so that women who have not changed weight need to size down in order to find clothes that fit properly. One outcome of this misguided practice is that women at the low end of the size range no longer can find clothes small enough!
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Please Read This!

This site is here as an accurate reflection of what real women look like. All women.


It is not a forum for judgement.

It is not a place where some women are welcome to post their pictures and others are not.

It is not a place for us to second guess what someone says they weigh or what size pants they wear.

It is not a place to decide that someone is healthy enough or not healthy enough to post their picture.

It is a place for women to post their true and accurate pictures. And for other women to see that the world is not a place of cookie cutters. We are all different in our body shape and size as well as our place in our journey to loving our bodies exactly as they are, not as we (or others) think they should be.

It is a place for us to be kind to others and ourselves.

Flagging a photo should be done only when it is:

1. clearly miscategorized (by what you judge to be 100lbs or more).

2. not a woman.

3. unviewable.

4. more than one person.

5. a duplicate.

6. "inappropriate," which means full nudity.

There have been concerns raised about images that some consider "damaging" or "dangerous" because the woman appears to be self-harming or seems to be struggling with an eating disorder. This is NOT a reason to tag the photo. Our initial reaction to these was that this is a place to reflect reality and that this is a sad reality for some women. We have spoken to three different Doctors of Psychology regarding our choices and we are comfortable with our decision to allow all women, regardless of where they are on their journey to self-acceptance, to post their pictures to this site. Please respect each woman's journey. 

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." -Plato

Please Note: We strongly encourage anyone who is (or thinks they may be) struggling with an eating disorder to seek professional help. This site is NOT, and is not meant to be, in any way a substitute or replacement for professional medical help.

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