I am a victim of childhood sexual abuse at home, sexual harassment at school and regular raping during two of my teenage years. I have gone through anorexia and stress eating. I’ve always hated my stomach and my ginormous hips. I felt like I was fat and dirty even though I’ve never been over weight (or even close to it). I still wish sometimes that I was anorexic again for the control. I’ve become a health nut and I do juice fasts, raw vegan diets and exercise in place of anorexia.
This is my stomach after gaining 6 pounds from working a sedentary job (and becoming sedentary all the time as a result). I’ve lost most of the muscle that I worked hard to gain and gained a lot of fat that I worked hard to lose. I was unhappy with myself (and I still am a little) until I found your site. And I’m starting to grasp the idea that I might be able to like my body for what it is no matter what part of life I am in and to accept others bodies for what they are. That has been a struggle for me for most of my life even though I know that what is depicted in media isn’t normal.