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It's seriously tough to put up with some of the stuff that happens during puberty.
We all know that. Even though I don’t keep a perfect attitude all the time, it helps me to remember that
- The whole point of puberty is to get my body and brain set to be an adult.
- Everyone goes through it.
- It doesn’t last forever.
- No matter if I think changes are happening too slow or too fast, my body is just doing what my genes tell it to do.
- I’m getting stronger!
- There is plenty I can do to be healthy and feel good like eating healthy, staying active, and de-stressing
Puberty is part of becoming an adult. So, the way that boys' and girls' body shapes change in puberty are related to how men's and women's basic body shapes look. For example, girls' hipbones widen, their waists get smaller, and breasts begin to develop. The growth spurt of puberty tends to shift body fat to breasts, hips, and thighs — this is totally normal and you should not diet or try to lose weight! Boys tend to gain weight, but lose fat during puberty's growth spurt, so they begin to look more muscular. Shoulders get broader, so hips seem narrower by comparison. For both boys and girls, the muscle growth that happens in puberty means increased strength.
If you look around, you can't help but notice that people come in all different shapes and sizes. How we look is related to many things including our genes, and how we take care of our bodies like eating healthy and being more physically active). Everyday you will look in the mirror and see a different you but it's all part of growing up, and everyone goes through it.
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