The BODY newsletter is created and published by seniors at Gunn High School. Using this newsletter, our main goal is to raise awareness, educate, and empower people to reimagine how they view the human body.
A brief note from one of our creators: I was talking to a friend about how we view our bodies when she confided in me that she had an eating disorder when she was younger and had struggled with her body from a young age. Although she assured me that she had grown more confident in her body, in that moment, I wished nothing more than to travel back in time to when she was at her worst to give her a hug, to tell her that she is beautiful, and to tell her that everything was going to be okay. I believe that was the moment that I realized our mindset, as a society, does not permit growth, but, instead, perpetuates the toxic cycle that is self-hatred.
After discussing body image and eating disorders with our founders, we discovered a statistic stating that 92% of girls want to change how they appear. Speaking with many young women, all were surprised that this number was not closer to 100%. This demonstrates how widespread and severe these issues are - that we women take it for granted that all women will want to change how they appear somehow and at some point in time. Thus, the same issues that have been normalized to a point we can only describe as ridiculous are driven into children’s brains early on. The static and grossly exaggerated standard of what type of body is beautiful, healthy, and worth spending our lives struggling to achieve - despite genetics, what is genuinely healthy, and the other differences that should be celebrated from birth, is forced upon us. It is vital that this unhealthy mindset is changed into a mindset that does not permit these destructive self-perpetuating cycles.
Thus, BODY is an active newsletter created to aid anyone who is struggling with their perception of their body. You are not alone, and there is help available.
We are always open to feedback, as well as suggestions, so please contact us (see "CONTACT")!
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