By Marissa Parks, Regular Contributor
Summer is finally here! Of course, we’re all excited that school is out and for staying up late, hanging with friends and more, but summer also brings a concern for many people: body image. While some people are walking around in their bikinis with their oh-so-lovely summer bod that they’ve have been working on for the past 200 years, others may not feel quite so confident in their own bodies. Some people have bodies that can be a little overwhelming to be around. Sometimes those rocking beach bods can make you feel uncomfortable to be around or show off in your skin. Well I am here to tell you that you are BEAUTIFUL just the way you are, no matter what body type!
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a real problem today. Body dysmorphic disorder occurs when a person believes that their body image is worse than what it is in reality. Media praises women (and men) for having sexy bodies; a 6-pack, fit and thin legs, slim waste, big breasts, and many other typical desirable features. I am not saying that these women or men represent anything bad, but they only display a small percent of women. However, some women view them and feel bad about their own bodies, because they don’t match those on the covers of magazines.
Just because your body does not look like that, does not mean that you have to go on an extreme diet or workout until your legs feel like Jell-O. Sometimes, it takes time to get used to your body, but I guarantee that you are beautiful just the way you are, and you shouldn’t feel like you should change your body for anyone but yourself! If you want to make some changes, that’s perfectly fine; but be sure to make those changes for YOU because at the end of the day, YOU are the one who is going to be affected by the change.
You are beaYOUtiful just the way you are <3
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Marissa Parks is a junior at Texas State University in San Marcos. Other than being a bobcat, she is a member of the Human Rights Campaign and a huge fan of HEB tortilla chips and breakfast tacos. She believes in helping women be the best they can be and equality for everyone. You will most likely find her floating the river, reading a book or hiking in Austin.
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