The 5-year-old didn’t ask maliciously; she didn’t associate “bad” with “fat and big.” But if you really want to know why I’m so fat and big, it's because...
Every photo depicting a “happy” and “normal” relationship didn't include anyone that looked like me or even my partners. I then believed that because of what I saw, and what I was fed through the media, I was not worthy of a happy and normal relationship.
Classmates and even some faculty members would call me “skinny” and ask if I was anorexic. My family would playfully tease me about being small as well. As if going through puberty wasn’t bad enough, the breakouts and bleeding every month, I now had to be shamed for my weight!
According to geneticists, the color of a person’s skin has a direct correlation to their geographic location and the distribution of ultraviolet radiation it receives. So, if the color of our skin is dictated by geography, why are people discriminated against based on the shade of their skin?
There are days when I can give myself one hundred percent love and effort. I take care of myself both physically and emotionally. There are days when I struggle to give myself five percent. I look in the mirror and I don’t understand the girl staring back at me.