Freestyle Fridays: Am I Fat?

I watched a Dear Alyne video this week called, “Am I Fat”. The next thing I knew, a dam broke inside of me.

This video is about way more than body image issues for me because I am in a season of deep reflection on my life as I know it.

I am black.

I am black and female.

I am black, female and married.

I am black, female, married and educated.

I am black, female, married, educated and Christian.

I am black, female, married, educated, Christian and American.

I have an eating disorder.

I battle depression and have done so the overwhelming majority of my life.

I am a cancer survivor.

I am a divorcée.

I am a daughter, sister, friend, aunt, cousin…

aspiring chef, writer, world changer…

I am all these things and more and that’s okay.

I embrace all that I am and I recommit to loving myself every single day.

Do you?

Marta C. Youngblood is a writer, education and social entrepreneur based in Hot Springs, Arkansas. For more information on her current projects visit

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