Body image and the perception of what an ‘ideal body’ should be like has become a modern day menace.
Meet these three heroes who refused to be pushed into a corner, fought back and made a point.
14-year-old Carleigh O'Connell found out that the cruel children around her had spray painted a taunting message for her on a cement block for her whole town to see. She was devastated. However, she didn’t let the despondency last long and decided to answer back.
Here’s what she did. She snapped a photo of herself posing proudly on the stone with the graffiti and put it on social media.
She then asked everyone to make the image go viral.
Her mother supported her fully and even posted the image on her Facebook page saying that her daughter had “decided that she was going to be stronger than hurtful words on the concrete and that she was going to be proud of her figure," adding, "She also told me that she feels complete sympathy for the teenagers across the country who face this every day. She understands and wants all of them to find strength inside to rise above the nastiness and be empowered by who you are, how you are made and what is in your heart."
Now here’s a girl who knows how to give losers a shut up call.
23-year-old Bethany Townsend suffers from Crohn’s disease.
Bethany recently made headlines when she showed her bikini photos visibly showing her colostomy bags. The photos went viral. In addition to a lot of negative response the photos ended up doing something wonderful: they gave courage to countless men and women with Crohn have to be less ashamed of their disability and proudly display their bodies. The hashtag #GetYourBellyOut went viral with people from all over sharing their photos.
Eric Ostendorf was anorexic at the age of 10.
The next 7 years of his life were a constant battle against the disorder.
All he did was worry about what he was eating and how many calories he needed to burn. Food disgusted him. He would flush his lunch down the toilet.
He opened up and spoke openly about his condition and overcame his anorexia when at 17. In a society where eating disorders and body image issues are related only to women, Eric became an example of just how one-sided the entire picture was.