WORRYING ABOUT APPEARANCE
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.