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confused - girl - 15 ans (1 December 2012)

I don't know what to do...I'm not really pretty and I don't really like my body. I've been trying to lose weight recently and it doesn't work. Not the unhealthy way, I have been eating. But like I said, it isn't working. So i tried making myself throw up but only 2 or 3 times max and I wasn't really able. I know I should that about this to someone, but last time I tired telling a secret of this magnitude to someone, I had sort of like a panic attack. I freaking out now and I'm really lost and I don't know what to do!

Tel-jeunes’ answer

Hello confused,

You did a good thing coming to us for help.

Talking about our difficulties is not always easy. We are putting ourselves in a vulnerable position which doesn't always feel good. Although, it would be important that you talk to someone about it, as it can have important consequences. It's important to eat healthy and feel good about our body image. Vomiting also has important negative consequences when done over a period of time. Did you know that? Our bodies especially need to have the right nutrients when we are teenagers because they are in a process of growing and changing. Daily exercise and healthy eating makes us feel better as we feel more energy and therefore have a better body image. Would you like to meet someone that could give you advice on a healthier life style?

When we want to talk to someone about our problems there are many reasons that can make it hard. We can feel ashamed, sad, weak, scared, etc. What do you feel when you start panicking when talking about it? Would there be any way to calm you down? If we see a professional such as the school nurse or intervener, they are suppose to have a non-judgmental approach to help you. Do you think that helps to know that? Is there anyone in your surroundings that you feel comfortable and confident with to talk about these issues? There is also the possibility to call us toll free at 1800 263 2266 so that you can talk to a intervener in a confidential setting. Would you like to do that?

Have a nice day, and don't stay alone with your difficulties.


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