Every day when I come home, I gaze at myself in the mirror. I inspect every inch of my body, at every possible angle and have come to my conclusion: my thighs are too big, my hips are too wide, my stomach is too fat, my shoulders are too broad, and my skin isn’t clear. Every day, I dread going to school. It’s like every where I turn I see a thinner girl, with a prettier face, with perfect hair, and a perfect life.
I want to scream every time I hear one of my friends say something like, “I’m so fat, I feel huge, I’m going on a diet because I’m gaining weight.” I ache when I hear them make remarks like that because it just makes me so sad that people like them who are thin and beautiful, truly believe that they aren’t as small as they actually are. But then again, I am one of those people. I make those remarks on a daily basis.
So why do I feel like I’m not enough? I just want to be thin. I compare myself to almost everyone now. It’s so hard to live in today’s weight obsessed world because I feel like I have to be skinny, and I’m not quite there yet. I feel like advertisers in magazines, commercials, ads, etc., only sell their products by using one body type, which would be slim. One concern that I do have that advertisers are unaware of, is when they use these slim bodies, they are the reason that me and every other teenage girl in the world become so unhappy with ourselves. Especially during the teen years, when we are eager and desperate to fit in. All we ever want is to be accepted by our peers and everyone else. and I am almost positive about 99 percent of teenage girls today, feel the same way I do and it is a challenge that we struggle with every single day.
A.L., 15, Texas