How to overcome insecurity about my body?
September 6, 2013 3:44 PM Subscribe
Lately I have been feeling insecure with my body and how I look. I've always hated how I look and my body, but now that I am in a committed relationship with a woman, I feel like there is this added stress of what she thinks of me too.
posted by 8LeggedFriend to health & fitness (18 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The areas that I am most unsatisfied with are my smile, skin, and weight.
Unfortunately I've never been able to have braces and my teeth are crooked. I'd like to have braces in the future when I can afford to, but until then my teeth are crooked. I've never had a cavity or issues with my teeth though.
My skin has been ravaged by what I now know was an allergic reaction or intolerance to dairy. For the last 10 years I've struggled with 'cystic acne' and it has left me badly scarred. No amount of medication dermatologists prescribed me worked. Only recently did I learn it was an intolerance to dairy, and I have since been able to control it, but the scars and damage is still done.
Lastly I think I am too fat – I'm around 6 feet tall and my doctor weighed me a few months ago at 174 lbs. He thought it was absurd that I thought I was fat, and I might have added some weight on me because I sit all day driving a truck.
Now that I am in a close, sexual relationship with a woman, I feel stressed that she might think that I am unattractive. How can I better deal with this? Nothing she has said or done has indicated she does think I am unattractive (she said to me recently she thinks I have a nice smile), but I feel this anxiety anyway.