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Jessa Duggar Confesses To Struggling With Body Image

March 12, 2014 08:31 AM by Stephanie Gustafson


During her time on 19 Kids And Counting, Jessa Duggar has transformed into a wonderful young lady. While her courtship with Ben Seewald may be a far cry than the standard dating scene, the reality star holds plenty in common with other young women — including doubts surrounding her physical appearance.

Janna, Jill, Jinger and Jessa Duggar recently released a book all about coming of age under the supervision of two of America’s most controversial parents. In Growing Up Duggar, the sisters explain their thoughts on everything from prayer to courtship. And while most of the feedback on Facebook has focused on the sisters’ rejection of the dating scene, Growing Up Duggar offers plenty of other interesting revelations about daily life with the Duggar family.

In addition to talking about why she’s opted for a chaste courtship with Ben Seewald, Jessa Duggar shares her thoughts on an experience many young women face: struggling with poor body image. She says that, as a teen, her sense of self doubt caused her to withdraw from her friends and family members. “I had friends who were really beautiful, and whenever we were together I compared myself to them and always came up lacking something. I felt so ashamed and awkward that I couldn’t even talk to anyone about my feelings. I felt overwhelmed and stuck in that negative mind-set.”

Jessa was eventually able to overcome these feelings through prayer, although she maintains that opening up has been anything but easy. Given these revelations, Twitter fans are all the more appreciative of Jessa’s willingness to share her thoughts in Growing Up Duggar.

Are you inspired by Jessa Duggar? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments section below!


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2 Responses to “Jessa Duggar Confesses To Struggling With Body Image”

  1. Larry Holmes Says:
    March 12th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I’ve always thought Jenna was a pretty, quiet, shy girl. I was surprised in one sense to hear of her struggle with her body image, but, that is a common problem in my experience with raising my daughter, who is very pretty and has been given awards for her beauty and even won swimsuit contests, though she has never wanted to do much of that; these were contests not in the mainstream, but still, it is significant that she won them when she struggled with her body image. I can imagine that quite a few young girls and women have this problem due to the image of what a woman should look like created by media advertisements and movie and tv shows.

    Since Jenna grew up in a very “controlled” environment, with much less exposure to TV and movies than many females get these days, it shows how powerful this media controlled image can be when it can affect a young woman like Jenna. She has a strong faith in God and in the Bible, which requires her to live up to standards set by them. This is not easy, since the drive to “multiply and replenish the earth” is very strong in young people, and can be very difficult to keep under control according to personal beliefs. I also raised four sons, so I am well aware of how strong the sexual drive is in young people today. It is much more difficult today than in the sixties when I was reaching adulthood. I have strong beliefs as well, and my children developed strong religious beliefs as well. So I think my opinion carries the weight to experience.

    Jenna is a beautiful young woman, who I hope has solved her body image issues. If my sons were not already married, I would love to have one of them “date” Jenna, as I’d be proud to have her in my family. Of course, that isn’t possible, but it shows how strongly I believe that Jenna is a wonderful example for young women in her age group. I know it is unlikely that most young girls will want to do what Jenna has done in making hard choices and sticking to them in accordance with her religious beliefs; the world today is out of control in that area, with most parents accepting and even encouraging the sexual permissiveness which dominates our country these days. But, for those who do have religious beliefs that include being chaste and perhaps even using Jenna’s life as an example, Jenna could help many of them by continuing to talk about her struggles and the rewards of keeping her faith and being a chaste, pure woman when she decides to marry. I can testify that marriage is made oh so much more sweet when both partners know they have been chaste and are free to give themselves to each other without reservation. The rewards of doing so far outweigh anything less, even if the person “only” strays from chastity once in a while to be popular or be accepted by their “friends” and peers. I encourage both young women AND young men to follow Jenna’s examples and remain clean and chaste in preparation for the intended relationship where sex is not only allowed, but blessed by the Lord because the couple has remained chaste as commanded and as asked by the Lord – even if a young person has not remained chaste, they can receive forgiveness and be “washed clean” so that obedience to God from then on will make them as chaste as if they had always been so. Sorry to get “preachy”, but I believe so strongly that people like Jenna Duggar are showing the way that we were created to live and the way to happiness so much greater than being permissive can bring.

  2. Ellen Says:
    March 14th, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I don’t have a problem with her courting, but how many 20 year old girls are really ready for a marriage to a 18 year old boy??


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