Truth in Advertising

Truth in Advertising: Images Are Not Role Models

By Sylvia Ruiz--When I was in middle school I would always watch what I ate. I wanted to feel pretty & thin enough like everybody else in school and the beautiful girls on my favorite television shows or in my favorite magazines.

Truth in Advertising: Real Women Have Imperfections

By Mei Z.--I’ve grown up with hundreds of mixed messages in my head and it has taken me a long time to figure out the right ones from the wrong. I still struggle with unrealistic images and ideas every day.

Truth in Advertising: Sticks & Stones. Words & Images.

By Shadi Smith--"You're fat!" "She's way to big to be wearing that!" "You will never get a boyfriend if you look like that!" "Talk to me when you have lost 30 pounds!"

Truth in Advertising: Wishing on a Fantasy

By Idalia Cruz--As I can recall, my childhood did not consist of watching a lot of television or flipping through magazines. But in my teenage years, I noticed a change in the girls I knew.


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About Us

Proud2Bme is an online community created by and for teens. We cover everything from fashion and beauty to news, culture, and entertainment—all with the goal of promoting positive body image and encouraging healthy attitudes about food and weight.

This site was developed in partnership with Riverduinen and made possible by generous contributions from JPMorgan Chase, Globant, the University of Delaware, and The Hilda & Preston Davis Foundation.

Proud2Bme was first launched in the Netherlands by Riverduinen, a mental health organization that has licensed the concept to the National Eating Disorders Association. Unless otherwise noted, all original content on this site is copyright The National Eating Disorders Association. The Proud2Bme brand, logos, and trademarks are property of Rivierduinen.