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This is a subject I rarely talk about with people. Most people assume just because I weigh 150lbs I'm skinny. I'm what I like to call husky. I've had Ulcerative Colitis since I was 17. Which means that limits some things I can do health wise. Like a 5k jog is not gonna be able to happen for me. But I do a LOT of walking. Lately I've had this strong urge to hit the gym, but I haven't had the time to do that. This summer my goal is to be in the gym three times a week. I started back working out a little bit as far as sit ups. I take better care of my body than I used to. I get attention sometimes with my body, but I feel insecure.

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When did we all get like this? How? Why? I don't think it's natural. Is physical modesty really a virtue? Why? Why is nudity profane and our bodies heresy?

Because Eve ate the forbidden fruit. :P

This is interesting because i remember watching a documentary in school saying humans and chimpanzees are the only two species of creature in this world that can recognize themselves in a mirror. All other animals that were tested failed to identify its reflection as themselves. This goes to show that human self awareness is innate and fully natural where as other creatures don't always possess that ability.

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I think the idea that your body is sacred and perfect the way it is is a very Christ-driven and politically correct ideal.  I don't think everyone should love their body the way it is.  That seems forced.  If a person doesn't like a particular part of their body, they shouldn't have societal pressures to love their body.  But if a person wants to change that part, they shouldn't have societal pressures to hinder them from altering it.  They should accept it because it's there and it's really not that big of deal, in my eyes, but they shouldn't be forced to love it.

Your body is your body.  It's your own.  I don't care what anyone does to their own body because I have no say.  I personally don't like every part of my body, but I wouldn't take drastic measures to fix anything since I accept it.  I don't love it.  Acceptance and love are two different things.  I wish my boobs were slightly bigger, I wish my skin was a little less blotchy, I wish my fingers weren't so fat, I wish my pores weren't so big, and so on and so forth.  Sure, these are norms that could have been placed on us by the media, and who knows if I'd even notice these things otherwise, but I still don't like them.  I just take it for what it is.  I have better things to spend my money on than a tummy tuck and bags of saline.

As for what others do to their body internally, I think it's the biggest slap-to-the-face to the parents.  I mean, it's really not easy to raise a child only to see that child fall into drugs or something.  However, it is not my place to say anything.  It doesn't anger me.  It disturbs me that anyone could disrespect themselves to that extent and really not handle things differently, but their life is theirs. 

I'm not sure if "bold to be natural" is the right wording for it but I do see what you mean.  The naked body, mostly the naked female body, has been seen as such a sex object for so long.  It's hard to attribute a naked woman with something other than sex in the eyes of the general public.  I would say that's why it's not okay to be naked.  In some indigenous cultures, the men, women, and children are always naked because that's just how it is for various reasons.  In our culture, we wear clothes and that's just how it is. 

I don't let my body hang out mostly because I don't want that for myself.  It's cold here in Seattle, first off.  Secondly, I kind of don't like or want people staring at me like that.  I don't want to be objectified and sexualized by being scantily clad.  There are women who like that.  Good for them.  Let them do what they want.  I can only dictate myself.  I don't want that.

Also,  nothing left in this world is 100% natural or pure.  We've been influenced by too many things.  It shows the complexities of us being human.

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I honestly don't f'n care about my richard simmons body. I never let society influence the way I look. I swear, people are obstacles in my path to happiness with their insignificant expectations. I eat a box of chocolates and I enjoy it. This is for me. Why do people care? They're not controlling my body. As far as health is concerned, I'm quite knowlegeable in what kind of intake is required to balance my organ deficiency. After all, my job is putting needles into people and making herbal remedies. I also know techniques in losing fat faster. With all of this being said, I refuse to get toned abs and fit proportions. I don't want to live past 30 and who am I trying to impress? Girls? Girls looking at me is burdensome. Back when I was physically fit, girls got acquainted with me and touched my face and shoulders all the time. F'n annoying! I am me. Don't like me being fat? Too bad. Chances are I'll hate my opposition for feeling so inclined to stick their nose where it doesn't belong.

Fat and proud > Skinny and insecure

What's my motto? Live fast, die fast.

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I really abuse my body.

I dont eat nutritious food. I don't eat like a normal human being. I skip meals very often.

I'm always using the computer and internet. I go to sleep at 4am. I have trouble sleeping as well.

I don't even drink water. Actually I do but rarely.

Sometimes I hate myself for not being able to take care of my body and so I try to take better care of it but then everything goes back to the old habit.

I guess the reason is I have always been a weak/sickly child. Growing up I've often been sick/going in n out of hospitals. So now I'm kind of tired of everything and just don't care about my health anymore. I think I will die young anyway.

It's not an excuse for me not taking care of myself but yeah. >_>

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I am happy with my body eventhough I don't have a toned tummy and a VS model body,

Overall I think I'm pretty lucky. Many girls complain about certain part(s) of their bodies. No complains here.

I'm currenty pregnant, i'm excited about it, but i'm also pretty nervous about what my body will look like after giving birth, especially my breast. :sweatingbullets:

I hope with exercise it can go back at least to 70-80% pre-pregnancy body.

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I am happy with my body eventhough I don't have a toned tummy and a VS model body,

Overall I think I'm pretty lucky. Many girls complain about certain part(s) of their bodies. No complains here.

I'm currenty pregnant, i'm excited about it, but i'm also pretty nervous about what my body will look like after giving birth, especially my breast. :sweatingbullets:

I hope with exercise it can go back at least to 70-80% pre-pregnancy body.

Congrats on the pregnancy! I was thinking you'd get back to 85-90% pre-pregnancy body.

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I don't feel good about my body, its really awkward and oddly proportioned.

But it works well when it comes to staying away from sickness so I like it in that aspect.

I am mildly healthy only because I am quite in-shape..I can run 5 miles in about an hour and not die lol. I

can run a mile within 10 minutes without feeling like I'm going to pass out. I don't put

junk in my body only because my mother cooks healthy Asian food. I drink water most of the time but

at my part-time job I find myself drinking soda A LOT.

I always try to find ways to cut my calories so I don't deposit too much fat

in my adipose tissue. Yes, I know a lot about the internal functions of the body and how it works

because I've taken anatomy and physiology. I know how my body works because I took biology.

Even though I am at a good weight for my age I still don't think its enough for me

to flaunt my body. I always wear loosely fit clothes because I do not like to show off my body.

I do not like to wear skin-tight clothes or very tight clothes because I am not skinny enough to do that.

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haha!

How do I feel about my body?

Well, up until this year I NEVER thought about it at all.

Now I just want to lose weight. I'm scared of dying of a

broken heart (heart attack).

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fat

plus I have a lot of scars, and my left ankle has been broken a lot. one of my teeth had been replaced.

couple warts that I hate, will get rid of. and bottom teeth are just a tad misaligned- actually pretty good- I'm just picky.

dry skin

ah there, that's everything I dislike about my body, but I really LOVE the fact that it is so robust. I like taking risks in my life, looking good won't help me accomplish stupid stunts, but those stupid stunts keep my fire alive- kinda all that matters. and even when they're stupid, people still like watching.

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Not necessarily fat, but needs a bit of toning. :ph34r: Oh oh it's so hard to keep visiting the gym.

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I kind of like my body tho I will like it better if it's proportioned (I have short torso and long legs) and there's nothing I can do about it -_-

I easily gain and lose weight, right now, I'm skinny. 

But I want to have a toned body, so I exercise regularly :)

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Its the hottest POS you'll find.

Haha jk

I'm rather comfortable with it. Its just flesh.

I think other people like my shape others think its nothing but bones.

But really, I don't care.

As for understanding my body and feeling subtle changes.. No. I tend to neglect myself...

I learned basic stuff about my body but I guess my mind wandered off to the world outside rather than humans and the way we function.

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An interesting topic indeed =]

as for me, oh gosh my body is up down and sideways lol. i would like to say im happy but there is that part of me wishing that my body can lose some weight, its been tough for me to lose some extra kilos after having my son - i guess some people can get back to their pre baby weight and some people just pile it on. ive been through alot these pass 3 years with my realationship and having depression and now in the middle of a divorce but im trying my best to keep my mind on track and myself healthy without outside problems. 

I like to cook so i tend to make a balance meal with meat,vegies or salad, but i tend to overdose on soda (coke) all the time and that is just plain bad =(  i always get grilled by my parents cos i drink it like its water, im trying not too so much as my son sees me drinking it aswell and hes always like, "me some pls mommy" so with him around i dont want to influence him or let him drink it. Other than that i think i take pretty good care of my body but i have been noticing that i scar pretty easliy and it doesnt go away for ages. 

Im not the type to flaunt what i got cos basically i aint got nothing hashaha im still chubby - i kind of just wear casual clothes all the time except if im going out on special occasions which is rare for me cos i never leave the house (hermit) its just me and my son so were together all the time. i like sneakers - i cant wear heels my feet are the size of godzillas =D  

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I feel that my body is like a huge pile of laundry.

Which is to say that I pretty much lay there ignored all day hoping somebody will eventually come along and do me.

Other than that, I've come to accept my body for what it is.  I've let go of taking my appearance too seriously and have learned to just simply laugh at myself.  Along with everybody else.

Joking aside, I guess I'm kind of self conscious about my appearance, what with the usual blemishes, birthmarks, and surgical scars and other superficial things that we all tend to worry about.  But as I'm getting old now, I'm becoming more accepting of my body and the fact that it's going to change nonetheless.  It's pretty much going downhill - may as well just try and maintain it the best you can and strike that balance of 'abuse' and 'care'.  It would be a shame to deprive oneself of the joys and vices in life, because life would just be plain boring - so I admit to enjoying the eating of 'bad' foods, drinking, and such ... but only on occasion.  But by the same token, I also find it futile to overly commit yourself to an uber-healthy lifestyle, constantly exercising everyday and only eating healthy things.  As I've said before, it's not like anybody dies being the healthiest they've ever been.  Our bodies are a depreciating asset, so may as well approach it with the notion of controlling that rate of depreciation.  Because there's nothing you can do to stave off the inevitable, it's just seems like a waste of time doing too much of those 'healthful' things thinking that you can - while at the same time, it's also a waste of life speeding up the process pressing forward with reckless abandon - unless it is your intention to make it a quick life.  A lot of people use the phrase "everything in moderation" - but most of the time it is in the connotation of the relatively "bad" things that we do:  don't eat too much fast food, don't drink too much, etc.  But I guess I'm also saying that the phrase can also apply to the "good" things as well: moderate your attitudes towards exercise and healthy eating as well.  Too much of doing a good thing can actually be a detriment to really enjoying life, I think also.

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My body's fine. I could stand to get fitter, as I plan to do soon, but I like it. I have good proportions and I know that - I have an hourglass shape but I'm athletic, so I know I'm quite lucky in that sense. I don't feel uncomfortable wearing bathing suits, shorts, tanks etc but I don't wear that stuff every day. I live in a cold climate at the moment and that just isn't called for. It's also a case of the society I live in (and I assume most of you live in NA too) - EVERYTHING is sexualised, commercialised and mass-marketed. Women are seen as objects, and their worth is viewed in their looks. Physical beauty's always been an issue but it's kind of sad how, despite all the advancements we've made in women being equal, we're still seen a certain way. That's why I choose to dress moderately most of the time.. but then again modesty can even be sexualized. I've been to places where women are required to dress in cloth basically, head to toe, and they were even more sexualised by regular men than in NA... because they saw women as the forbidden fruit or some kind of temptation. There definitely are cultures that aren't quite like that, and I always feel more comfortable there (ex the caribbean - walking around in less clothes over there doesn't feel as weird as it does here for sure, men are actually a lot more respectful funnily enough despite their cat calls lol). If I moved to hawaii, let's say, I'd definitely feel alright wearing less, but not here. And it's because I don't want to be seen as an object or someone's sexual gain. I dress moderately, jeans, t shirts or w/e, and don't make my body out to be overly important or of no importance at all because extremes drive that bad mentality.

Anyway, I do think people need to get over sexualising the human body, but I also don't see anything wrong with clothes or not just showing it off to everyone. We're an intelligent species, not animals.

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I'm not really self-conscious about how I look. If I could go outside and be in my pajamas, you bet I would do it. The thing is, no one takes a person in pajamas seriously. Try showing up for a job interview in pajamas. Last but not least, nobody takes a fat person in pajamas seriously. I don't mind being a fat dude in PJs because I don't really care how you think I look. I care about the fact that being fat is unhealthy and being comfortable in pajamas.

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I try to keep myself fit and healthy so feel pretty good about my body most of the time. The only time when i feel rubbish is when I have missed a training session or havent done any exercise in a while. I dont care what anyone thinks about me as long as I feel good!

If anyone is felling down about the way they look then you should really consider taking up a sport. The better you become at the sport the better you feel about yourself and it is also a great way of getting fit and meeting a bunch of like minded people.

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This thread is bull.

Read page 44 to 48 of Franzen's The Corrections, or better yet, (I can't remember the page ## but it's the part where the deaf man is arguing with the female in the house about their compartments, spatial relation to love, and everything) Foer's Everything is Illuminated.

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