By the age of 13 I started to have body dissatisfaction.
The pressure for women to look a certain entered my conscience leading to an obsession with thinness. I didn’t know the term thigh gap at the time but I was very concerned with my own.
I was not overweight as a child, in fact my slender frame was something I was often complimented on. You’d think that would make me feel good about myself but it fueled insecurity and a desire to be model thin. It actually made me more self-conscience and at the same time created a link between self-worth and size.
By age 14 I was restricting calories and by age 15 I was on my first official diet. I chose Atkins.
There was no loyalty to it though.
I used to always get seduced by the next latest and greatest one. As soon as I heard all about its miracle workings and how it would leave me feeling great and with the body of my dreams I willingly pledged allegiance to it.
There is always the same promise with every new diet. This one will be the last one, solve your weight-loss woes and make you love your body.