I have been reading several blog posts lately about body image and loving who you are no matter what you look like. One of the common themes seems to be how these people were teased in school growing up for curly hair, flat boobs, yes I said boobs, athletic bodies being too thin or wearing quirky clothes.
I have to rant a little here. When I was in grade/middle school I was very tall. 5’5″ in 5th grade. I grew an inch every year until my sophomore year in high school. So doing the math I topped out at 5’10”. Not a giant, but not small either. Did I get teased?…a lot. Jolly Green Giant was common. Pointing and laughing also common. Did I let it get me down?…Once, then I talked to my father about it and he said “don’t let it show that it bothers you, and get over it already”. So I did.
Did the teasing define me? No. Am I traumatized? No. Did I wish I was shorter? Of course, almost everyone wants to fit in when they are younger.
I do have to laugh at most of these body image posts though. Most of these women are average size, above average in their attractiveness, so it is hard to feel bad for their younger selves. Try being very overweight, wearing Coke bottle glasses with acne attacking your face at every turn. Now there is something to effect your body image when you are in middle/high school.
So when these above average attractive bloggers commiserate and say they are happy with their bodies, well, DUH, of course they are. Who wouldn’t be?