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Here's the thing about body image:  there is NO right answer, NO "perfect" body.  

I had this friend I met in middle school.  We just connected - like we were meant to be best friends.  I thought she was beautiful.  She had light brown hair and blue eyes.  I mean... had always wanted blue eyes.  

She was overweight though.  If you only saw her face, you wouldn't have been able to tell.  She carried much of her weight around her mid-section. However, because of this extra weight, she was always, ALWAYS unsatisfied with herself. She compared herself to everyone - every model, every girl at school, and any picture she saw. 

She was really smart too.  She could have done something great with her life (not to say that she still can't, it's never too late).  For the time being though,  she's still not in a good place.  

Because she thought so little of herself in high school, others saw her that way too.  People began pushing her around.  She pretty much lost herself, and she allowed a lot of bad things to happen her.  I guess she just didn't see what I saw.  

That's another thing about body image - it's all a mind game.  Two people can be looking at the same person and be thinking completely different things. 

I'm a 3rd year pharmacy student, and I'm 23 years old. I'm not a nutritionist or a personal trainer.  However, if anyone out there has any questions on anything health related, I can try to help you.  At the very least, I can try to point you in the right direction.  

Dieting, body image, obesity...

These are all issues I see every day.  I also the consequences many times when people can't or don't get the right answers: eating disorders, depression, anxiety... even things like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol.  

I have had to learn to not only accept who I am, not only embrace it but instead, LOVE who I am. My only regret is that I didn't find myself sooner.  I wish I could have helped my friend. 

Lets all help each other as Hispanics and as women.  Lets all support each other. Lets all ask questions we need answered and lets all support each other with the knowledge we each have. 

Maybe I was wrong.  We're only going to be perfect when WE see ourselves as perfect. 

Funny thing about extremes - they're almost never good or right. 


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