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You're Fine Just the Way You Are

Published: April 8, 2014

By a Knox County Schools student

Have you ever heard of the Greek myth of Tantalus? He angered the gods and was put away in Tartarus, a prison for the worst of human souls, to perish. His crime was so great that he had a special punishment to follow it. Tantalus had to stand in a pool of crystal-clear water with trees filled with the most delicious fruits anyone in the entire world could desire. He died every time out of hunger and thirst, for when he tried to reach for the water or the fruit, it moved just slightly away from his grasp. He was stuck in this prison--a prison of hunger, anger, and depravity.  

An increasingly prominent concern for young females is eating disorders. Eating disorders lead to depression, extremely unhealthy habits, and the greatest risk of all—losing one’s life. What many girls don’t realize is that their appearance does not quantify their self-worth. Look at magazines, movie stars, and models. They seem so skinny, so beautiful, so perfect. However, they undergo extensive photoshopping to make them look skinny and have extremely disproportionate bodies that would yield in great health risks. Some of the models would have terrible back issues if their boobs were actually as big as they are in these photos. The media and our critical society’s standards of beauty can have tragic impacts. Isabelle Caro, a French model, died at 55 pounds—she literally starved herself to death.

If you do suffer from an eating disorder, please get help. We need your influence and individual beauty in this world. The flaws others point out are only flaws because they say they are. Don’t let anyone else control what you think about your body. You are in control of your body, and you deserve the best. The true beauty lies on the inside, and like Roald Dahl said: “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”


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