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By Peggy Z., Brookly, NY

“Look at your cousin. She’s so skinny and so pretty. Look at her; she’s so beautiful now but not before when she was fat. You should ask her for her dieting tips.” My mother callously says to me after we had just finished a conversation with my older cousin. I roll my eyes at her and pretend that I didn’t hear her. Although my mother thinks that she is actually helping me to a fit and healthy life, she does not realize that she is mentally bullying me with her sharp words and even sharper tongue. She does not realize that although I ignore her, those words still echo through my head as I consciously pick a salad over pizza, as I run around to get a ball during gym, as I walk around in shorts in public.

However, I am not the only one affected by this, this dissatisfaction with my body, this grain of doubt about whether I’m skinny enough, whether I’m pretty enough.

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@spotteddickgloria would enjoy this poem
Sep. 23, 2015 at 12:06 PM • Report
Alina Tomy
i must say its a beautifully written thought provoking article :)
Sep. 23, 2015 at 11:46 AM • Report
I agree. Great job and I think you have a lot of talent:)
Aug. 16, 2015 at 7:51 AM • Report
I totally agree with what you're saying. Though instead of girls asking "Do I look beautiful?", they should be asking themselves, "Am I healthy?" People seem to find beauty so much more than healthiness, which should be the other way around.
Jul. 26, 2015 at 11:55 AM • Report
Im thankful that my mom never really mentally bullying me. She's the only one who is conscious with her weight. haha. This is a nice article.
Jul. 12, 2015 at 11:28 PM • Report
This was a very motivational article! I loved it!
Apr. 24, 2015 at 6:49 PM • Report
This was just what I'm all about. Sometimes, our own parents don't realize how they can hurt us with what they say. Constantly reminding me of my weight and how I look, it's just harder to love who I am. I know she's just trying to look after my health but my brain just interprets it as a huge blow to my self-esteem.
Mar. 17, 2015 at 8:58 PM • Report
It's totally unfair that a size 6 is considered plus size in the fashion industry; I'm a size 6 and I'm nowhere near plus size.
Jan. 18, 2015 at 11:41 AM • Report
This is a very motivational article. Nice opinion.
Jan. 09, 2015 at 2:48 PM • Report
As someone who suffered from bulimia for two years, I am very grateful for this. You're a wonderful writer and have a beautiful way with words.
Jan. 09, 2015 at 1:26 PM • Report