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Being Thin Isn’t All it’s Cracked Up to Be, Teen Says


Every girl I know wants to be skinny, but even at 98 pounds no one wants to trade places with me. It’s not that I’m anorexic or super short, but I have Graves’ disease, an overactive thyroid issue that causes unexpected weight loss, mood swings, irregular menstruation, hair loss, irregular heartbeat, hyperactive behavior, hunger, fatigue, etc. The list is crazy long but long story short, it’s a pain to have.

I was first diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in fourth grade, before I could seek refuge in social media’s female-friendly “accept yourself” ethos. If I could have found happiness in hashtags, I would have, but instead I had to see one of my best friends being called ‘fat’ for wearing a crop top and shorts when she was a little chubby.