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    This past December I started taking my health seriously. I got frightened because my knees were always popping and I did not see that as a good sign. Besides this, I also was losing a lot of weight and it made people make remarks on my health that were not very kind. It is never alright to make rude remarks on people's body type. I am naturally thin and I grew up always being called, 'flaca' and a lot of older, other chicanos, males and females would make remarks as to why I was "too" skinny.

   The remarks people would say would really hurt me growing up because I would eat a lot and sometimes over eat just to try to gain weight. This process that required me to eat a lot of bad food to gain weight would leave me feeling lazy, unmotivated and would make me break out with pimples of my face, due to all the greasy food.I feel that the Mexican culture places curvy women with a flat stomach, and an hourglass figure as an ideal representation of beauty. The thing is beauty comes from within and health should be a priority.

      What healthy looks like on a person varies to another. I am speaking for all the girls in this culture that have one time or another felt inadequate on the "beauty scale" because of not looking a certain way because I am not this ideal "curvaceous" or "exotic" latina. My mom then got me into working out with her in 8th grade, mostly doing light weightlifting and toning exercises. My body really began to change because I started feeling more confident and much more healthier thanks to my new found energy that I maintained all throughout high school. It has been a struggle to maintain an excerise routine and healthy eating habits throughout college these past three years but I have remained consistent not because I want to look a certain way to please others but because I want to take care of myself and my health in order to continue living a healthy and happy life with my loved ones for as long as humanly possible. (:

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