Unrealistic body images hurt women

Bailey Rankin, ‘Doah Staff Writer
February 12, 2014

'Doah photo courtesy of mustangnews.com

‘Doah photo courtesy of mustangnews.com

Every girl and woman will suffer from self-image issues at some point in their lives whether it is from bullying, society pressures or even looking at themselves in the mirror. It will manifest in some way, shape or form. Over half of teenage girls will use unhealthy means to lose weight according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD).

You’re going to meet many people in your lifetime, male and female, that will try and bring you down. Do not listen to these people and block them out of your life. You are beautiful, and so is she, and her over there. No matter the shape or size. It is just as insulting to some people being told that they need to “eat a hamburger” as others are told they “need to hit the gym.” No one needs to do anything someone else tells them to do.

If you don’t want to go to the gym, don’t. If you want to eat a massive bowl of ice cream, do it. Eat vegetables or fruits. Eat the things that you want to eat. The key is to just eat them in moderation and lightly exercise. I’m not saying go run a marathon or lift weights, but you can go for a walk with your friends at the mall or in the park. Every little bit will help. Exercise releases endorphins, which helps relieve stress and can even make you happy.

With society shoving down your throat to be thin, and super model hot with huge breasts and voluptuous butts I don’t blame people for doubting themselves. It’s ridiculous the amount of Photoshop that magazines and movies do to celebrities. All you have to do is Google “Celebrity Photoshop” and see the appalling transformations that happen on a computer screen.

Girls’ jeans vary from store to store and can go up in increments of odds or evens. Some places like Hollister run their clothes smaller so that girls who are nowhere near obese or overweight have to buy size nine or 11. A size 11 is the highest it goes, and double zero is the lowest there. I have to wear a size nine because of the build I have. No one should have to ever be ashamed of her sizes.

A number should not define how beautiful you are. No matter what, every single one of you reading this is beautiful. Even the boys!

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