I wish there were more articles like this in the media, about loving your body and being comfortable with something you, most times, cannot inevitably “fix.” And this doesn’t have to resound with just females- it can also extend to guys. “Body image,” as the author writes, “isn't really about the image of bodies. It's about the holistic relationships we have with our bodies. It's about how bodies look, how they move, what they feel like, and how we treat them.” There are plenty of girls who either try hard to lose weight or gain weight to fit the “normative” standards of beauty but when they look at themselves in a mirror, all they see is an ugly duckling still far from pretty.
We are taken with her into the ballet class she attends and witness her most edited thoughts and reactions to her own body as well as the bodies of her classmates. Her struggle is unquestionable as we see through the lens of her own eyes. She’s been pressured about her weight since she was 8. The people she held important to her, namely her Dad, assisted in weakening her confidence– he told her at 16 that he would buy her a car only if she lost weight, after numerous tries of her dieting from young, with no success. Its sad that many don’t get the help they need from the most influential people in their lives.
Although she is extremely self-conscious throughout the ballet class, which is probably one of the most vulnerable experiences in her day, she reassures herself that she is beautiful, her body is her own and that in itself makes her a winner.
How would one accepting themselves as a “fat” girl/guy? How can they balance that and make sure their health is up to par?