It’s Youth Takeover week at KQED and in this Perspective, Arella Tarapan says her struggles with body image are about far more than weight.
In high school, students struggle to find who they really are. Something that girls and boys alike struggle with is body image.
Ever since I was young, I never felt good about my body. I grew up chubbier than my peers. My shirt was a size larger and my cheeks bounced with every step I took. I couldn’t run as fast. I always sat and had a snack while my peers were being active. As I grew up, I became more self-aware that I was different.
I couldn’t wear the trendy crop tops. I couldn’t wear shorts without feeling self-conscious about how pale and stubby my legs looked.
When I was asked why I didn’t lose weight I just smiled and tried not to cry.