5 Ways to Talk to Your Parents About Body Positivity

By Kim Drastal--Parents, the people who nag us to clean our rooms—but also the people who hold us when we cry. They may frustrate or anger us, but in the end, we love them and they love us.

Why I Chose to Study Abroad in Recovery

By Lauren Myers--“I think there’s something seriously wrong with me,” I tell my twin brother after our morning junior high school choir practice.

Ariel Winter is Not Having Any of Your Body Shaming

By Olivia Clancy--Eight years ago, Ariel Winter made a name for herself when she was cast as Alex Dunphy on ABC’s Modern Family. Today, she uses that name to spread body positivity in the wake of body shamers.

3 Ways to Create a Safe Space for Athletes of All Sizes

By Rachael Hershon--Back when I was in high school, I was a varsity softball player. I’m sure many people would be in shocked by the previous sentence, seeing that I am clearly a fat woman, and that I was even fatter in high school.

My Eating Disorder Recovery Story Became a Viral "Humans of New York" Post

By Erin Peake--As we walked into class, my friend looked up from her phone and delicately said, “It’s up.” I knew exactly what that meant.

You Can Take Action Against Unrealistic Social Media Portrayals!

By Anna Sundquist--In today’s culture, social media has begun to dominate even more of our lives, and its influence can quickly turn negative, according to a new study that focuses specifically on the effects of Instagram. 

4 Ways Teachers Can Help Their Students Build Self-Esteem

By Sarah Haviland--I know all too well how prevalent eating disorders can be amongst pre-teens and teenagers.

Fat Shaming Isn't Funny, Katy Perry

By Anna Sundquist--Singer Katy Perry just unveiled her latest music video, and has received plenty of negative press and backlash in response. After the release of the track in May, Perry’s song “Swish Swish” has been speculated to be a response to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.” But the music video has much bigger issues; mainly, the use of fat-shaming throughout.

How to Avoid Body-Bashing Comments When Reuniting with Friends

By Lauren Myers--Many of us have been there: your friend is making uncomfortable comments about how fat they feel, how much weight someone gained over summer break, or going on about how much you both need to get to the gym.

Pink’s VMAs Speech Was a Refreshing Reminder of the Importance of Positive Body Image

By Anna Sundquist--After MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday, a speech given by Pink has gone viral as an inspiration to young girls everywhere, as well as an example for parents.

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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.

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