WOR­RY­ING ABOUT AP­PEAR­ANCE

First News - - Family Fun - Writ­ten by NSPCC am­bas­sador, Nikita.

A LOT of peo­ple have mixed emo­tions about their body im­age. They have some parts they like, some parts they hate. It’s com­pletely nor­mal to com­pare your­self to the peo­ple you see in mag­a­zines and so­cial me­dia, and to wish you could have sim­i­lar fea­tures to them.

Some­times, though, this can be­come an un­healthy habit. You can be­gin to pick at ev­ery lit­tle thing you dis­like about your­self and at­tempt to change it.

You might also be af­fected by com­ments from oth­ers, such as ref­er­ences to your weight or the way you dress. Peo­ple may think that they are do­ing it to help you, but it can some­times be re­ally hurt­ful. It might make you want to change the way you look just to please other peo­ple, even if it makes you feel un­com­fort­able.

Un­for­tu­nately, a lot of peo­ple get bul­lied for how they look. Young peo­ple who are be­ing bul­lied for their ap­pear­ance can re­ally feel bad about them­selves and some­times take ex­treme ac­tion to try and change or man­age their feel­ings. Some peo­ple can de­velop eat­ing dis­or­ders, such as bu­limia or anorexia.

Ap­pre­ci­at­ing your­self and your dif­fer­ences is very im­por­tant.

Re­mem­ber that ev­ery­body is dif­fer­ent in terms of shapes and sizes, and the things that you feel are your im­per­fec­tions make you who you are. No-one is per­fect, even the mod­els you see in your ev­ery­day life. A lot of the images on so­cial me­dia may be fil­tered or changed to make them look bet­ter. Lots of celebri­ties also have a team of peo­ple to help them get ready. It’s okay to have role mod­els and to say some­one is pretty, but you are your own unique per­son and that is what makes you spe­cial.

If you’re get­ting bul­lied about how your body looks and it’s mak­ing you un­com­fort­able, Child­line is al­ways there for you.

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