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It’s so important to know that you are beautiful regardless of your body shape, weight, or size. Being a certain weight does not make you perfect or happy. What happened to you being beautiful? Your weight has nothing to do with your self-worth.

Some websites actually promote behaviors associated with eating disorders called pro-ana, pro-mia, and thinspo. Pro-ana websites push the belief that anorexia is not an illness, but a lifestyle. This is extremely dangerous because viewers may not think they are ill enough to get help. Because eating disorders are often combined with perfectionism, someone may believe that once they look like women or men on the site, they will be perfect and happy.

Basically, body positivity is developing your self-image or how you see yourself. It really inspires me that people are working to counter the ideals of beauty and size. Celebrities have worked to share their stories. Demi Lovato is a popular advocate for positive body image and mental health. Her book, Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year is about finding happiness and recovering. If you are in college, your campus may have student organizations centered on mental health, and if not, you can start your own. Students at Temple University researched about eating disorders and made their own campaign.   

Remember: If you think you may have an eating disorder, there is always hope. The National Eating Disorders Association supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders. You can chat with someone online or by calling 1-800-931-2237. If you are struggling right now, are having thoughts of suicide, need some emotional support, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available online or by calling 1-800-273-8255.




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