My family and I were lucky enough to see one of the Embrace screenings. Me only being 12 and having two social media accounts realised how much social media does effect everyone especially young girls and women.
All of my friends have at least one social media account, some girls have more. The effect on young women that Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and many more sites like these is horrific. The reason I have brought this up is because I see girls every day posting pictures of themselves in just a bra or sometimes even nude with their arms hiding places that most don’t need to see. This is to get the attention of the boys they met a school social that has followed them on social media or their peers. It is even sadder that these girls are not even in their teen years yet.
Most of my peers self worth is all about their body and how much of a thigh gap they have or whether they look like Kim Kardashian or not. Or sadly how many boys text them back from the school social. Even how popular a girl is can contradict my peers self worth.
I don’t completely embrace my body yet as I have only just started my journey of embracing my body. Last year I had a tough time with school where I got bullied really badly because I was ‘too fat’ and I ‘ran weirdly’. I refused to eat in front of other people because I didn’t want to look like I ate too much. At the same time there were other girls that had eating disorders and were into cutting as a relief from depression. My environment at the time was obviously not amazing which kind of made my behaviour ‘ok’, which actually was not ‘ok’ at all. After all of this bullying, my sister passed at a young age which also made it hard for me to love my body and who I am.
I enjoy getting my hair done, playing around with makeup and getting my nails done. I embrace my body by surrounding it with people that I love who make me laugh. I love hanging out with the team at Food For Life as they bring happiness and love into my life. I understand that making the choice to surround myself with people I love is a much better influence on me and helps me embrace whom I truly am!
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