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Indiana eighth grader refuses to be body shamed

Posted at 5:03 PM, Apr 05, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Body shaming. Fat shaming. Women and girls are often targeted for their weight and how they look.

This is not one of those stories. It's about a girl who is proud of who she is for what she is.

Her middle school project was shared on Facebook by a family friend.

The eighth-grader was asked to calculate her Body Mass Index, or BMI, for an assignment.

In her handwritten response to the teacher, she said, "Now, I'm not going to even open my laptop to calculate my BMI. And I'll tell you why. Ever since I can remember, I've been a 'bigger girl," and I'm completely fine with that. I'm strong and I'm powerful."

So proud of the family of one of my friends. Her daughter had to do a middle school project that involved...

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The girl goes on to say that her doctor says she's right on track as far as her height and weight are concerned. She says that she's beginning to love her body like she should.

She wrote to the teacher, "My BMI is none of your concern because my body and BMI are perfect and beautiful just the way they are."

The man who shared her response also happens to be a cartoonist. On Tuesday he posted this to his Facebook page