Some Body: Self Image

B E E N  T H E R E:  S E L F  I M A G E

Katherine Henwood

Body Image
"How You Feel About How You Look"

By a Teen Editorial Board member

August 1999

Like many girls on the brink of puberty, Katherine Henwood, had issues about her appearance. This was especially true about her size. But thanks to the honesty and innovative style of her 7th grade English teacher, Katherine began to see beyond surface appearances (her own and that of others'). Now, as a ninth grader, she has a much better grasp of what really counts - the person within. Hopefully her story can other girls (and guys) become aware of how much time and energy we waste when we obsess about looks.

When you grow up in a family where all the women are large, you hear them making a lot of negative comments about themselves. My whole life my mother has complained about how much she weighs and how she looks. At the moment she's pregnant and she constantly asks if she looks fat or pregnant. She definitely looks pregnant. [But she's worried other people won't realize that.]

My whole life my mother has complained about how much she weighs and how she looks.

When I was in sixth grade I had a lot of issues about my weight and my appearance. But in the seventh grade I was snapped out of that by my English teacher. In her class she bluntly told us that she wasn't going to run things the way the school board wanted her to. [Instead] she told us stories of her childhood and how she overcame being overweight as a child and adult. One day she told us we were [each] to do unique speeches on topics that meant a lot to us. One of her topic suggestions was how magazines encouraged women to have a negative body image. I decided that was my dream topic. Another girl in my class decided to counter me by [doing her speech] on how magazines encouraged a positive body image. But after she found out the research I did, she changed her topic!

When I was in sixth grade I had a lot of issues about my weight and my appearance.

But in the seventh grade I was snapped out of that by my English teacher.

When the time came to give my speech I was too nervous to do it but my teacher gave me an "A" anyway because she knew it was good. This teacher taught me that it didn't matter if I was a size 4 or a size 24, I could be who and what I wanted be. She also let me know that even if I was a plus size teenager that I could get a guy just the same way a skinny girl could because it's all about confidence and attitude.

...it's all about confidence and attitude.

Now I know that I need to be myself and to break the mold because the mold may be a size 6 but, honey, I am a size 18 and proud of it!!!!

Now I know that I need to be myself and to break the mold because the mold may be a size 6 but, honey, I am a size 18 and proud of it!!!!
For more information about body image check out:

The InSite's section about Self Image

 and About-Face at: www.about-face.org

 

 

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