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Combatting negative body image - October 16th 2015, 08:11 PM

I'm not skinny, and I'm not saying that because I have a warped image of my body, I mean, I do but I also know I'm not thin, I just have to shut up the part of me that thinks I'm way way bigger and uglier. I was doing so well; I might have been verging on being bulimic and displaying a lot of unhealthy habits and thinking but I was nearing s healthy weight, not one that's considered medically obese. Then I screwed up and gained all it back. I have few clothes that fit and make me feel pretty. I feel ugly and slow.

I went on a shopping trip with my mom. Usually I love shopping but this time I spent the entire time holding back tears. I couldn't find anything that looked good that I liked and that I thought would still look good once I lost a few pounds.

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Re: Combatting negative body image - October 16th 2015, 09:00 PM

I understand completely. I am considered morbly obese and have an ed so I think I'm a lot bigger that I am. The only place I can find clothes I actually like and that fit is a plus size store called torrid. Lane Bryant is good for work out clothes. If you ever need to talk I am here.

My advice is try to eat healthy meals. Three meals and two snacks is what my food plan is. I'm really bad at giving ed advice because I'm stuck in mine sorry.


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Re: Combatting negative body image - October 16th 2015, 09:16 PM

I'm sorry you feel this way. That must have been so upsetting to go clothes shopping with a negative body image.

One thing to remember is that clothing sizes vary with brands. Just because something won't fit doesn't mean you are the problem. Regardless of your weight, I'm willing to bet you'd still look great in the clothing you were talking about because you don't have to be skinny to look pretty. Would it help to focus on the clothing itself rather than looking at the size tag? Maybe you could avoid looking at the tag and just do guesswork on what you think will fit. Just remember that size isn't everything because a certain top with a particular color can compliment your hair or your eyes. Your weight isn't all of your features, and it isn't even close to all that you are as a person. You mean a lot more than your weight, okay? Don't forget that.

Is your mom generally supportive? Maybe you could talk to her about your insecurities regarding your negative body image and how upsetting the clothes shopping was for you. She'd probably be reassuring and comforting now and hopefully the next time you two go shopping therefore reminding you that you don't have to be a certain weight to look good. Figuring out how to see yourself positively independently is important but having reassurance from people close to you could help a lot to get you on that path.

You aren't alone. I don't know if that's comforting but you are not alone in these thoughts and feelings. A lot of people here on TeenHelp would understand what you are feeling and going through. Clothing sizes can be so imitating but you're worth a lot more than sizes and what does and doesn't fit. I hope you start feeling better and are able to go clothes shopping and feel more content while doing so.

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