Share A Secret: I was so ashamed of my body that I never wore swimsuits in public

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I have always been uncomfortable with how my body looked – not with my weight, but my shape and size. I have never been stick-thin, but I have never been overweight, either. I’ve always been fine with how much I weighed (I eat healthily and do simple exercises at home).

My body shape was not the “banana”, “apple” or “hourglass” type, but “pear” – my hips were relatively larger than my upper body.

My parents are both stocky, so it’s possible that I had inherited the family genes. Unfortunately, this was a genetic trait I disliked. I was teased endlessly during my student days for having elephant thighs and hips, and being bottom-heavy but top-light (yes, I had a “humble” chest size).

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