Something really troubling happened today.
My little, 11 year old sister announced to me that she will not be buying a bikini for Florida because she is fat. She also says that she hates the fact that she is "bulgy and round". She claims her stomach is sticking out over the waistband of her pants.
I will admit to noticing that she has put on weight recently, but that could just be because of the onset of puberty. I find it incredibly fucked up that at 11, she already has this mindset. I thought I was fat at eleven, so I started not eating lunch then bingeing when I got home (though I didn't understand what a binge was at the time). This lead into some pretty unhealthy habits. I spent seventh grade overeating, and am now spending eighth skipping breakfast and/or lunch, then sometimes bingeing. I am not a mentally healthy individually, nor am I "normal". I have known I wasn't like everybody else since the age of 6.
Anyways, I'm really scared my sister will end up being as messed up or worse as me. Anyone have any ideas on how I could try to boost her confidence without sounding too corny or fake?