A Youthful Cheerleader And Her Body Image Struggles

(Guest Blog by a daughter who wants to stay anonymous)
Body Image Guest Blog by a Young Cheerleader:
Young Cheerleader Fights With Body Image – Most people think that the only ones with body issues are those that are either grossly overweight or anorexic. I would like to be the first to tell you: that could not be further from the truth. As a person who has been involved in sports in the age of 8, I have always been aware of my need to stay slim. As an adult, I ‘m still haunted by the voices from my past that continue to drive that point home.
My first negative meeting with regards to my weight came during my first year as a cheerleader. http://nudismphotos.net/posts/i-had-an-experience-today-that-was-new-for-me/ was a “flyer” – the man which is lifted / propelled into a stunt. During any of these stuns, my bases made http://shockintown.com/post/who-does-not-secretly-like-this-naked-as-once-adam-and-eve-in-paradise/ about how significant I was. Up until that point, I’d never heard any negative messages related to the way I looked. I was young at the time so it did not register with me that those girls were potentially exaggerating, or perhaps even just whining. All I understood, from that point on, was that I was heavy – FAT! From that day on, I became extremely sensitive about what other people thought or said about my body.
Puberty was possibly the worst experience of my life. As a young woman’s body starts to change shape, most girls definitely start to feel a feeling of insecurity. No longer was I simply “The Short Skinny Woman Who Weighed More Than She Should”. I was now also “The Short Skinny Girl with Big Boobs”. Initially, I only felt the need to remain trim; but with Mother Nature’s help, I now felt the need to keep my breasts and body covered.
It was not until I became a dancer that I started to comprehend that there was certainly nothing wrong with me. My dancing teacher explained if you ask me that she once suffered from an eating disorder while in dance school. She explained how people don’t always factor in someone’s muscle mass when they evaluate their weight and that she endured as a result. I instantly identified with what she was saying. I felt a feeling of relief knowing that there was a valid reason for my weight: I just had a lot of muscle mass.
Even though I ‘ll never forget the experiences of my past, I will be conscious of my own power over them. I am going to likely constantly strive to remain skinny, but no longer is it simply for its own sake. I do want to be skinny, but I want to be healthy and happy first.
Perhaps the nudists of the world have a better and healthier approach towards body image. I imagine that most naturists are much more accepting of their own body. I for one, feel that nudism, as a movement could teach us none nudists a lot!
Keep up the good work! Body Image is a huge problem and I trust that one day we could all see people for who they are, not what they look like.
This guest blog post about body image was published by Young Naturists And Naturists America FKK.
Tags: body image, body shame, adolescents
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