I can only speak from the viewpoint of women but men may have their own burdens to carry. But growing up and going through those precious teenage years was tough for me, and for many other young women, as we have a terrible tendency of comparing ourselves to others, or even to the false images in media. Personally, I grew up self conscious about my thighs and behind and comments from family that were meant to be helpful were only harmful. Silly comments like saying I shouldn't do weight lifting with my soccer team as that will only build muscle and make my legs fatter later in life.
Today I am in better shape than ever but those body parts can still be a source of heaviness if I don't keep my head screwed on right and realize that those "heavy" thighs and behind are key muscular components in what I am able to run and achieve. Those are my strong body parts and they deserve love.
No one is perfect. We all have areas we want to work on and that is fine. But what is more important is being strong and healthy and not aiming to achieve a media's image of beauty. Be proud of who you are and love your body as it is the only one who have. Take care of it. Respect it. Love it.
I want to thank the ladies who submitted photos to be featured in today's post. Here is the blog roll of participants: Lisa, Monica, Melissa, Tenecia, and Tracey.