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Why I Won't Talk to My Kids About My Weight

Both the pictures above are of me. 
But they are not of the same person.
Body image is an issue that is running rampant in our society and has been for a while.   x Take that problem and multiply it times ten for women. x And then take that and multiply it by the amount of time ballet dancers stand in front of the mirror each week and stare at their own bodies. x And then take that and multiply it by the number of instructors that have told girls that they won't get a part or get into a program until they lose ten pounds. = That equals a huge problem
Part of the struggle for ballet dancers I feel like can't be helped. The whole point is to strive for perfection and grow toward that everyday. There is an insatiable thirst for better and that in itself is not a bad thing. Dancers would not know the amazing things that they can do if they did not constantly push the limits to get closer to that illusive image of perfection.
Another part of that is also the necessary evil of the mirror. …

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