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When You're Bullied About Your Body: Tips from Someone Who's Been There

By Jen Rubino--For teen girls, being bullied about their bodies can result in struggles with body image, self-confidence and eating disorders. It can scar them just as much as any physical scar. I know this not just from my research on the subject, but from having it happen to me.

My own experience dealing with this helped me learn a few tips:

1. You are beautiful and unique just the way you are. In early middle school, being bullied about my body made me feel like I needed to change myself. However, that wasn’t true because we are all beautiful and unique. Don’t let anyone tell you differently!

2. Understand that imperfection is perfection. There is no such thing as “perfection” and trying to attain it will only make things worse. Our imperfections are what make us beautiful and understanding this will make it easier for you to deal with any comments that come your way. For me, realizing this help me deal with not-so-nice comments that people said about my body.

3. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Having people criticize you and your body is incredibly difficult to deal with, but it can make you a stronger person. For me, I eventually learned to laugh at what they were saying and that made me stronger.

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