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“Society puts so much pressure on kids. Teenagers feel like they have to look or act a certain way to fit in. Nowhere in commercials do they show a fat or average person. They do the total opposite. Everyone looks perfect. Wear these jeans and those boots. Be sexy - but be a good girl and don’t have sex. Be really, really thin - but don’t get anorexic. Go out to eat with your friends - but don’t eat the supersize portions they have in every restaurant. I know kids who actually throw up on purpose because they are scared they will gain an ounce.

I wish you knew what it feels like to go to my school, see everyone wearing the right clothes, driving the right car, and worrying about their make-up all before 8:00 a.m. They looked like they stepped right out of a magazine. I wish adults could understand what it’s like to have to see this all the time and pretend not to care. I wish you could take all the labels off clothes. Let us all look more natural.

I actually wish we had school uniforms. That would cut down on a lot of pressure. You wouldn’t have to worry about wearing the right clothes and about looking unpopular.

I also would have seminars at school to talk to kids about this stuff.

There should be classes about body image. These classes should talk about ways to handle pressure too. And adults should have to take them also."


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