Teen blogger reveals bullying hell from strangers: 'You don't need that ice cream, you're fat enough. Go throw it up.'
An American blogger has revealed the extent of bullying she receives about her weight and admitted most of it comes from strangers.
Ally Del Monte (16), from Connecticut, wrote a painfully honest post on her Losergurl.com blog about her struggles with body confidence.
For her 16th birthday, she posted a photo of herself at a pool, explaining why she avoids swimsuits and how far she's come in loving herself.
Today, I turn 16. I decided to give myself a gift. The gift was this photo," she wrote.
"The last time I was in a bathing suit in public, I was at a local amusement/water park on a class trip. I was with minding my own business, eating an ice cream cone after swimming for hours, when a man came up to me out of the blue, and said: 'You don’t need that ice cream, You’re fat enough. Go throw it up'.
"I threw the cone away, and cried. I was already depressed and was bullied from people who were supposedly my friends. Now perfect strangers were coming up to me and telling me I was worthless and disgusting. That’s when I began loathing myself. "
The extent o her bullying led her to suicidal thoughts, but after therapy and family support, three years later she's happier than ever.
Now, Del Monte is championing body confidence with her #LoveTheSkinYoureIn campaign.
I’m not society's idea of perfect in this photo," she explained. "But I’ve come so far! I’ve moved from hating myself and wanting to die, to accepting and loving myself for who I am, and not what size I am. I talk a lot about being brave and standing up to bullies and for the bullied, but it’s also so very important to be brave for YOURSELF. Believe in yourself, and the gifts that you have.
"Some people might look at this photo and see a fat girl. I see a girl who fought many demons, dealt with many medical problems, wanted to give up on life but crawled her way back inch by inch to see that life is wonderful, and in fact, decided to Be Brave and believe in herself."started to want to die.