My friends are body sham­ing me!

J-14 - - All About You -

Q My body has changed a lot over the past year. My mom says it’s be­cause I’m go­ing through pu­berty, but my friends have made lit­tle com­ments that I’m snack­ing too much. It’s re­ally start­ing to af­fect my self-es­teem. How can I tell them to back off? — Paris, 13

We’re sorry your pals are mak­ing you ques­tion your body, Paris. Even if your friends’ com­ments are well-in­ten­tioned, it doesn’t make them okay. Our bod­ies

are al­ways chang­ing, and there isn’t a “right” way to look. All bod­ies re­spond to pu­berty a lit­tle dif­fer­ently, and weight gain and in­creased ap­petite are both com­mon! The next time your friends try to shame your chang­ing body or what you eat, firmly tell them that they need to stop. Have an hon­est con­ver­sa­tion with them about why their words are harm­ful and how they make you feel. If they don’t quit, then maybe it’s time to reconsider your friend­ships. It’s im­por­tant to sur­round your­self with body-pos­i­tive peo­ple. Never for­get that you have the power to re­ject the in­flu­ence of body bul­lies!

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