Dear Miss Molly,
Sometimes I feel self-conscious about my body. I feel like girls nowadays are so skinny and sometimes I feel fat, even though I know I’m not. Am I alone?
A Girl with Curves
Dear A Girl with Curves,
Do not ever let anyone tell you or make you feel that you aren’t beautiful just the way you are. I feel so cliché saying that, but I cannot stress the genuine truth of that statement. Everyone has different bodies, and no body is more beautiful than another; they’re just different. Take it from someone who has been on both sides. In high school, I suffered from an eating disorder. I was stick thin, but was I happy? Negative. I have a very curvy body now, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love my curves, and you should, too. I run every day, and I eat healthy; I know I am strong, not fat. I like to call the word “fat” the other “F” word, because that’s exactly what it is. You may be a lot of things, but I can tell you one thing: you aren’t fat. So erase that word from your vocabulary.
It’s so sad to me how obsessed girls these days have become with being thin. I understand some people’s natural body type is thin, but it sincerely breaks my heart to see girls participating in unhealthy behaviors to fight their body’s natural shape. Curves are what make you a woman. They are what make us different from boys. They are what make us beautiful. Are there times when I feel insecure in my body? Absolutely. I don’t think I would be human if I didn’t feel insecure at times. But, when I find myself feeling this way, I remind myself of how much healthier and happier I am now, and all of sudden all my insecurities fade away. Whenever you find that devil of insecurity tapping you on the shoulder, just take the time to remind yourself of the magnificent person that you are. Life is too short to get caught up in the little things.