(submitted by OOC Chestist D.K.S.)
"When I was young, and asked to write a list of things that I wanted to do when I "grew up", no stack of paper was large enough to contain the amount of ever expanding hope that I could put down onto it. Although the concept of actually growing up was something I hadn't entirely committed to, it didn't matter much, as adulthood was still eternities away. I was certain that my heart would remain unchanged, as would I, and that life would always be as sweet as the candy that was secretly stashed in my pockets. And why wouldn't it be?
(submitted by OOC reader Sara)
This reader's story is really intense on a Iot of levels. We're all in this together, so please let her know if you can relate:.."I am so angry at my little sister for cutting herself. I spent five years telling her not to, telling her from long and painful experience that she didn't know what she was getting herself into, that it could become an addiction like mine. But the secret I keep is that I'm even more angry at her for copying me. That was MY thing. I never, ever, ever did it for attention, but eventually people did know, and then my stupid little sister copied me. I'm ashamed of how I feel, but I can't stop feeling it."
Pretty intense, right? What parts of her story can you connect to, or not? Any advice or words you can share? We'd love to hear them.
(submitted by Guest Contributer Janna Dean via C. Jane Enjoy It)This week I sat in a conference listening to a presentation about body image that revealed one of the most horrifying statistics I’ve heard on the subject. The presenter stated that “14% of 5-year-old girls diet.” I was stunned. I am stunned. I know our culture is unrealistic in its expectations—impossible even. I know we have an “obesity epidemic” on our hands. I know we have serious distortions about what it means to be healthy...But dieting at 5 years old?! For a long moment I was unable to focus on the presentation and instead thought of my own wonderful, brave, mischievous, innocent little 4-year-old daughter (turning 5 this April). I felt saddened by the world she is exposed to despite my attempts to shelter her. And then my thoughts turned to her twin brother who is similarly victimized by our world (as is his 17-year-old cousin who has indeed lost himself and his dreams to the world of body ...