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Body Image: The Journey We Take To Accept Ourselves

No one’s judging you; they’re too busy judging themselves, so relax! Here are some tips to help you on your journey to accepting your body.

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Trigger Warning: In this piece, you will read about my journey to accepting my body. The content might be triggering to some, as I have approached unhealthy habits and self-diet. If you feel uncomfortable, I advise you to stop reading, as your mental safety comes first.

When I was 16, I went on my first diet. My take on that experience is clear and concise: don’t ever try a self-diet. During that time, my approach to food was very experimental and not necessarily healthy. I did not know about food science nor how to eat based on my body type and weight. I lacked the support, and mostly, the expertise that goes along with a diet prescribed by a nutritionist.

Let me clarify a couple of things: First, I was a smart kid; good in school, loved reading, always asking questions. I knew that, deep down, a self-diet was no solution to losing weight.

Second, I didn’t need to diet.

What I needed was confidence.

I define body image as the perception, thoughts, and attitude we have towards our body. At the core of body image is identity, our true self.

Body image isn’t static; it’s going to change, both for men and women, because our bodies won’t stay the same forever.