Essay #2 - Lauren Creech The Pressure to Be Thin Section 64...

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Lauren Creech Section # 64 The Pressure to Be Thin Why are women so obsessed with the way they look in a bikini or in a certain pair of jeans? Why are women obsessed with their body weight? Is it because women are constantly hearing it from other people that their bodies are not acceptable in today’s society? Today’s standards for women have gotten to the point it is unhealthy. They push themselves to the edge of anorexia or bulimia just to make their bodies look more like the girls in the magazines or on television. I read an essay Whose Body Is This?, by Katherine Haines made me realize what lengths women of all ages go to just to “look like one of those girls.” I feel like the main theme of this essay is to get the point across that it’s not about what you look like but, it is just being happy with whom you are. As I was reading Haines essay I found my self looking back on issues I had with my weight. For a long time my self esteem reached what seemed to be an all time low. I would never wear a bathing suit, never go to the beach, or be involved in any activity that would give people the chance to see the way I look. I would always wear dresses that were fuller on the bottom so it wouldn’t reveal how big I actually was. I just felt depressed. About a year of not being sociable or active in my school and community I got pretty miserable, so I motivated myself to get in front of a mirror. When I looked at myself in that mirror I said, “I love the way I look. I am who I am and nothing or no one can ever change that.” Ever since that day I’ve felt like a whole new person. I don’t let my weight keep me from doing the things I love to do.
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