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It's one of the hardest steps in the process, but Anita has to do it—the mirror exercise. She strips down to her bra and underwear to face the truth. "I don't really see any good stuff, honestly," she says. "I definitely don't feel pretty. Repulsive is probably too strong a word, but that's how I feel. Just...eww. Why would anybody want to look at that?"

Anita points out the parts of her body she doesn't like—her arms, her breasts, her thighs and her belly. "When I was younger, I had a very defined waist, so this is really hard for me to deal with," she says.

Carson asks Anita to pay attention to the beautiful parts of her body. "You have a nice shoulder, and your hips are maybe even a little slimmer than your shoulders. You have great calves. You've got pretty little feet, plus your great face," he says. "The thing to remember is you don't have to be perfect to be pretty, all right?"

After she scrutinizes her assets and flaws, Carson asks Anita to give herself a chance to like her body. "I will be easier on myself and try to like what I see in the mirror," she says.
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Published on March 14, 2008

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