I used to have a very low self‑esteem before I came to Alateen. I constantly complained about my weight even though I wasn’t fat. I hated the way I looked. Ever since I’ve been in Alateen I feel beautiful in my own way. I’m not fat. With my friends and my sister, I constantly hug and tell them I love them. I try with my parents but most times I only get to say, “I love you” before they walk away.

Alateen Talk, Summer 2017