During my childhood, I experienced stunted growth, leaving me with a small and skinny physique, along with a sharp voice that set me apart from the other kids. As a result, my clothing choices were often baggy and ill-fitting. Unfortunately, the root cause of my growth issue was a medical condition that went untreated, further hindering my body’s ability to develop properly.
I felt ashamed of my physical appearance and yearned to blend in with my peers, who all seemed to have a more typical physical stature. Adding to my discomfort was the fact that I had no control over the clothing I wore, which only exacerbated my feelings of self-consciousness.
Despite my efforts to convince myself otherwise, I struggled with my body image and despised my appearance, particularly when adults commented on my appearance. Although I learned to live with my imperfections, they continued to weigh heavily on me.