Body Image. It’s a topic all women dread yet one that’s hard to ignore. Like many women, body image is very personal for me. It’s something I despise to discuss but feel the need to open up about.
I am 5’4 and have a petite frame. I have always been considered “underweight” by doctors even though it runs in my family. Naturally I am thin but this isn’t a choice. I didn’t wake up one day and decide to be skinny. I just haven’t been able to gain weight easily. Dance costumes would have to either be taken in or made custom in order to fit my frame. My wedding dress was even special ordered since the designer did not carry the dress to order in my size. It’s always been an ordeal for me. I would tell my mom when I was younger that I wanted to be a normal size. But there is no norm. Everyone is uniquely shaped and sized.
People would always joke with me to “eat a something” or “gain some weight.” When someone who doesn’t know my 25-year battle with weight tells me this it gets very frustrating. I’ve heard of this term for bullying someone to eat more or less called body snarking. Too fat, too thin…everyone seems to have an opinion especially the media. I was born this way. This is the body I was given to live with and it has been difficult coming to terms with my weight.
Why do we let these people get to us? We should embrace each of our unique sizes and celebrate the fact that we are all beautiful. There is no such thing as a perfect body so why beat ourselves up over it? I am guilty of this as many women are. We are all uniquely beautiful in our own ways. I still have a difficult time with my own body image but I know it’s an uphill battle every day. It takes confidence to appreciate our body image. When we look in the mirror and see a beautiful face smiling back at us we know the confidence is there. So smile, stand up straight and love the body you were given!