05/23/2013 10:59 am ET Updated Jul 23, 2013

I'm Chronically Ill And I Still Believe In Body Acceptance

The fat acceptance and body love movements have profoundly changed the way I relate to my body. I think they speak to the very nature of humanity - of what it is, and what it means, to be human.

Also, I'm not fat.

In fact, I'm on the slenderer side. Visually, I like my body pretty well, and it fits society's (although not reality's) version of "normal." It's not perfect -- stretch marks, cellulite, one breast smaller than the other -- but, in a girl-next-door sort of way, my body is traditionally attractive.

But I hate it.

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