Today’s essay excerpt comes from Max, a high school swimmer who—despite being active—has always been what might be considered overweight. As he describes being bullied for his body and the way he blamed himself for his above-average BMI, he paints a picture that serves as a powerful reminder that it’s not only girls who struggle with body image issues.
Through all of this, I have learned that being fit doesn’t always mean that you look like the guy on the front of an Abercrombie or Hollister shopping bag. If you think that numbers measure how “fit” someone is, then I am sorry, because that’s wrong. My BMI of 31 might tell me I am obese, but for those who know me, I surely am not. I am a hard-working swimmer, and I don’t have the stereotypical “swimmer’s body.” But who cares?
Love that attitude, don’t you? Head over to the Teen Flaunt page to read the whole thing, then take some time to browse these previous posts too:
- Teen Flaunt: Sarah Embraces Her Height
- Teen Flaunt: Katherine Has Trich
- Teen Flaunt: Harrison’s Sister Has Special Needs
If you would like to have your teenager or student (age 13-18) write a “Teen Flaunt” that could potentially be published on the Teen Flaunt page, please submit the proposed essay (no longer than 700 words) to: meg [at] megzucker [dot] com.