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The Different Pressures People Feel Regarding Body Image

"To make it look like we don't struggle."

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In honor of Body Week here at BuzzFeed, we asked people, "What body image pressures do you feel?" Here are their responses:

1. "I have never felt skinny enough."

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2. "To make it look like we don't struggle."

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3. "Having a perfect boob-to-butt ratio (also just being skinny)."

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4. "That anything less than strong and skinny means you're not trying hard enough."

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5. "I don't have a 'womanly figure' and think I look like a boy from behind."

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6. "I want to be taller. I feel stocky."

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7. "I feel like I can never gain weight because I feel like I should always be smaller than my boyfriend."

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8. "I am pretty happy with my body but it would be cool to have more defined arms and a bigger booty. Guess I'm never happy enough TBH."

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9. "I feel no pressure."

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10. "To be hella 'swole.'"

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11. "To be as thin and tiny as possible."

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12. "I still feel like I need the 3 A's to be a good gay guy: arms, abs, ass."

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13. "Be quieter and take up less space — LOL."

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14. "I dye my eyebrows (no joke)."

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15. "I love my body. (You should too!)"

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16. "To always be thinner, but I aspire to focus on being healthy, happy, and proud to take up space."

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17. "I used to feel A LOT of pressure to be very thin - until I realized I don't give a f*ck! (Happy to be healthy.)"

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18. "Being taller and having more of a muscular build."

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19. "Look like a porn star."

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20. "I wish I was: taller, thinner, more fit, 'put together,' but I try to love myself every day."

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21. "People are more interested in me being skinnier than being happier."

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Special thanks to everyone involved in this post and to anyone willing to share their own struggles in the comment section below.

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