My armpit does its job just fine and my appreciation for what it does is not contingent upon how it looks, how it looks to others or even how lovely it smells. My armpit is, happily, the last place on my body that gets my attention.
It is time to end weight stigma. Question the weight-based messages you hear from the outside. Are they hurtful, shaming, biased, or discriminatory? Self-care begins from a place of unconditional acceptance.
It's not about the numbers. It's not about streamlining or looking "better" to a society that hates my body type. It's about being healthy. Looking at the health problems I have and trying to lessen them. It's about being energetic, having stamina, and not being tired.
Yesterday, I went shopping with my 14-year-old daughter. I wanted a new little casual dress for a few events I have coming up. I had to be super-aware of what I said to my daughter about how I thought I looked, because I know that my attitude towards my body affects her own image.
I'm not 100 percent sure as to when Sofia was voted the ambassador for all things Latina, but I'm not comfortable with her making broad, sweeping generalizations about Latinas, even if she intends them to be compliments.
This occurred to me very recently: I have the power to make my life easy or difficult. It seems like such a simple thing. If something can be distilled down into just a few words, it has to be easy, yes?
My own opinion has been that psychology plays more of a part with penis size during sex than anything else. People like to feel like they turn the other person on, and vice versa. All penises are exciting, regardless of size.
I noticed a slight elitist edge in the tone of one of the girls' voices as she spoke about what treatment facility she had been admitted to many years ago for her eating disorder. It was one of the big names.
Having "the jolly green giant lives here!" scrawled across my locker stung, but it was nothing compared to the discomfort I felt in my own skin. My height was an unavoidable reminder that I was different, and being different isn't cool or fun when you're a teenager.