Another way social media could have helped me in high school

Let’s face it: high school is hard, not only academically but especially socially as well. At least, that’s how it went for me, someone who was too shy to speak up much.

Appearance has always been a constant idea on my mind, and this may be a common experience for several girls.

Although social media can lead to unrealistic comparisons, it can also help promote body positivity, and would have been a huge help for me to discover during high school.

Several users on Instagram use their accounts to promote body positivity in various ways. For example, users reveal the illusions photo editing software can create on social media. Instagram user, @omgkenzieee posted a collage of two similar pictures of herself: edited versus normal. Kenzie’s caption captures the negative effect social media can have on self-esteem of appearance and her attempt to combat the issue.

GOOD MORNINGGGG ✨☀️🌎 So, today is #cellulitesaturday 💆💜 Let's talk stats ok? These are pretty wild to me. 42% of girls in grade 1-3 want to be thinner 💔 78 fucking % of 17 year old girls are unhappy with their bodies 💔 "Teenage girls are more afraid of gaining weight then getting cancer, losing their parents or nuclear war." 😖😖😖 In 2013 the American Medical Association created a policy that really didn't go anywhere, stating that the effects of digitally altering images to impressionable youth were so harmful they cause HEALTH PROBLEMS. I'm not fucking making this shit up people. And did it do anything? Nope. That's why offering up my #realbody, unedited, unfiltered for you to look at, for trolls to rip apart, is important because we have LITERALLY FORGOTTEN WHAT REAL BODIES LOOK LIKE. To quote WIKIPEDIA "cellulite occurs in 80-90% of women, the prevailing medical condition is that it's 'merely the normal condition of many women.'" 👏NORMAL. It's fucking NORMAL.👏 With stats above it drives me so hard so that way my future daughters and sons grow up with more real images of bodies around them than I did. To pray their mental and physical health isn't as affected as mine was. #fuckyeahhhhh #thisbody #celluliteisokay #bodyconfidence #nobodyshame #recovery #bodyimage #bodyimageissues #cellulite

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Image from @omgkenzieee Instagram page

Kenzie posts several images that promote body positivity, another favorite image of mine is pictured below.

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Image from @omgkenzieee Instagram page

Seeing posts such as these on social media would have inspired me to embrace my flaws and increase my self-esteem during my high school years. My dream is that more adolescent girls can come across more body-positive content on social media that boosts their confidence in their appearance.

 

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