My friends are body shaming me!
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!