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Mom Shares Photo Of Her Former ‘Trouble Area’ To Send Body Positive Message

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

McCall Dempsey is the Southern mother of two beautiful children. Recently, she did something that most of us wouldn’t dare do.

Dempsey got into her bra, sat in front of a mirror, and snapped a photo.

Then she put it on Facebook and Instagram for everyone to see.

If you’ve ever been online, you may know that not everyone is kind to women who make themselves, and their bodies, vulnerable. Yet, Dempsey was courageous enough to share the image because she believed in the message behind it.

Dempsey didn’t always love her body, she admits in her post. She especially hated her stomach and referred to it as her “trouble area.” In fact, she disliked her stomach so much that looking at it left her crippled with panic attacks on the floor.

After a 15-year battle with an eating disorder, Dempsey has shared her powerful story to inspire others.

See her powerful study below…

“When I travel, I have a habit of putting my make up [sic] on in front of a mirror on the floor. I sit cross legged wearing only a bra and some type of comfy pants. It’s something I wasn’t able to do years ago.”

“I hated my body…in particularly my stomach. Since I was young, I labeled it as my, ‘trouble area.'”

“Panic attacks would have me curled on the floor ripping at my naked belly as if trying to tear off its soft layers in an effort to make the demons in my head go away. Today, I don’t flinch or cringe when I see my soft belly. I love every inch.”

“Yesterday, I spoke with a young woman struggling in her recovery journey. She spoke on how she didn’t want to be sick again…just toned. I asked her how being toned would change her life? Crickets.

“Whether we have abs of steel or abs of soft beautiful skin, we are still the same amazing person. We can’t live with the equation ‘I will be happy when I’m _____ (insert: toned, thin, a size smaller, etc)’.”

“My belly is no longer a trouble zone. No, it’s not toned. There’s no six pack. But no doubt it is STRONG. My belly has carried TWO babies. I love doing yoga in efforts to strengthen my body and mind…not to change my dress size.”

“There is a beautiful freedom that comes when we, not only accept our bodies, but also give them the love they need. Love your body. Embrace those so-called ‘trouble zones.’ You are beautiful. And most of all you are worthy of love.”

Please SHARE McCall’s incredible message if you believe everyone should love their body through all the changes it goes through in a lifetime.