Using Dance to Raise Awareness About Mental Illness

By Noor Aldayeh--It seems as though I’ve been dancing almost as long as I could talk. I can still remember the days of pink tutus and ribbon-tied tap shoes. The unmistakable smell of hairspray on show days, and the adrenaline rush that a successful performance always resulted in.

Diet Culture, Stay Out of My Tea

By Traci Ayub--My mental health necessities include medication, therapy, meditation, exercise, and tea. Drinking herbal tea every day (my favorite is chamomile, but I have an entire cabinet of different teas to choose from) has been a crucial part of my recovery from disordered eating and mental illness.

5 Ways to Stop Stressing Over Having a “Bikini Body”

By Kaitlin Irwin--Are you stressing out about beach season and all the talk about getting the perfect “bikini body?” Our society is definitely obsessed with achieving a specific body shape, and it’s messed up—but there are things that you can do to combat that obsession and make this summer much less stressful.

We Are Beautiful, Mom

By Gracie Mandel--Driving along the winding streets of my childhood neighborhood, my mom sang along to the radio with cheesy popcorn in one hand and a newspaper in the other. Our weekly Saturday morning yard sale adventures had just begun and I was ready to find some treasures.

My Mother, My Warrior

By Anna Kilar--I vaguely remember the day I was hospitalized because of my eating disorder. It was all such a blur. After visiting my school’s wellness center, the nurse practitioner made the rash decision to send me to the hospital.

Aaron Carter Spoke Up About His Body Image Struggle – Here’s Why It Matters

By River Ceballos--Last week, while browsing the internet, I came across a headline that read, "Aaron Carter Explains Again Why He's So Skinny." Upon reading the article I found out that Aaron Carter suffers from a disorder called a hiatal hernia – a disorder that I also suffer from, caused by my years of living with bulimia.

Brazilian Illustrator Marcela Sabiá is Challenging the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health, Body Image & Disability

By Diana Denza--Marcela Sabiá is a 26-year-old Brazilian illustrator who loves dogs, astrology, and creating art that makes the world a better place.

The Icing on the Cake: Autism and Picky Eating

By Haley Moss--I used to go to birthday parties just for the cake. No, really, I did. I always found the social aspects of birthday parties to be incredibly difficult. Too many people, who was I supposed to talk to, would the birthday girl or birthday boy like the gift, and the food. Oh, the food. What was I supposed to do? 

Hey Cosmo, Cancer is Not a Diet Plan!

By Laura Dumitrescu--In today’s installment of things that should never need to be said: cancer is not a diet plan (surprise!). Apparently, Cosmopolitan didn’t get that memo, hence their recent blog post about an Australian woman titled, “How This Woman Lost [XX] Pounds Without ANY Exercise,” in which they imply that cancer can help one lose weight without needing to exercise. Yikes.

How Having My Entire Body Painted in San Francisco Helped Me Make Peace with Myself

By Diana Denza--In kindergarten, my mother helped me put together an elaborate project about butterflies. When my turn arrived to present to the class, I cowered behind my teacher, absolutely terrified of the dozens of pairs of eyes on me.

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.

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