Op-ed: Overcoming body image issues

Marina Gonzalez, Reporter

Many young girls, especially teenage girls, often have problems with their body just because of the little extra weight they see on themselves. They shouldn’t have to be negative and judge themselves about it due to false social standards.

When girls look at themselves, or look at other girls who are thinner than them, they may ask themselves, how are they so skinny? Why can’t I look like that?

As a teenager, I dealt with body image issues. I would sometimes look at myself in the mirror and say to myself, “I really need to lose some weight” because I had a little bit of weight in my stomach area that I didn’t like.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, most girls have negative body images because of past events such as being bullied for the way they look.

I didn’t like myself because of some weight that was on my body, so during high school, I started to work out and eat right because I wanted to lose the weight and become very skinny like a model or wrestler.

I always went to my mom to ask her about health and fitness because she knew a lot more about it than I did.

She helped get me a membership at the gym she goes to work out at, and even helped me get some training done with a personal trainer.

Going to the gym made me decide to work out even more and eat healthier, so I continued to do it. Working out even made me decide to try new different types of workouts, so I could change my game.

Working out has made me change my mindset and has helped block out a lot of the negativity I thought about my body. It made me feel strong and empowered to workout.

Studies show that exercise can help reduce a lot of depressed feelings or stress going through the mind, according to the Harvard University health website.

I even began to look up to a lot of famous WWE female superstars because they made me feel empowered to work out even harder and they helped motivate me. It helped me feel confident about my body and helped me stop worrying about what others might think.

I became more confident with my body after I lost 12 pounds from training six times of week and changing my diet by adding more vegetables to my meals and cutting back on a lot of meat.

I cut back on a lot of snacks that had a lot of sugar in it, but I only ate them occasionally.

Every girl out there should always be happy with themselves, but should always take good care of themselves because they deserve to be happy and healthy. They should realize that they are beautiful inside and out and no one can take that away from them.