Bodies are Different: What's your shape?

Body changes during puberty can be very different from what you may expect. We become more interested in our looks and this can make body changes difficult to deal with. But girls come in many different shapes and sizes :) It is important to remember that there is no 'right' body. You are the way you are and that is 'right' for you!


According to scientists, there are 3 basic body types:

  • Endomorph: A rounder with soft curves and more fat on the body
  • Ectomorph: A slimmer body with little curves
  • Mesomorph: A more muscular body with wider shoulders and no hips
Your body may not fit exactly into one of these types, and that's OK. Most of us are a combination, and we may change through our lives.
As you go through puberty, you may get taller, your hips may get wider and your waist may get smaller. Your body may also begin to build up fat in your belly, bottom and legs giving your body the curvier shape of a woman.


Here are 3 ways to help you deal with your body changes:


Don't compare!

Comparing ourselves with others is problematic because everyone develops differently and at different times. It's also a bad idea to compare ourselves with celebrities and models. It's not real.


Love what you got.

You can change a few things like your weight and your hair, but your basic body type cannot change.


Treat your body well.

Healthy eating and exercise can also give you some control over how your body turns out.

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Anonymous 18 September 2018 10:24

Great article!

Anonymous 4 August 2018 11:29

How do you know that you will develop curves at a later stage of life?

B-Wise Expert Expert 4 August 2018 18:46

Hi there, thank you for your question. That is a very interesting question, as you grow your body goes through different changes, that's why it can be difficult to say if you will develop curves at a later stage in life. 



Palesa Mashabana 24 July 2018 20:47

I've got this white things on ma parties. What cause's it?

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 July 2018 02:55

Hi Anonymous. It could be caused by a bacterial infection. If there is an itchy cream discharge this could be a sign of a thrush. It’s best if you visit your local clinic to seek further help. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. You can also read the following articles: I have a discharge-do I have an STI, What is vaginal thrush or a yeast infection? and How to keep your vagina healthy for more information.



Palesa Mashabana 24 July 2018 20:47

I've got this white things on ma parties. What cause's it?

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 July 2018 02:53

Hi Anonymous.  It could be caused by a bacterial infection. If there is an itchy cream discharge this could be a sign of a thrush. It’s best if you visit your local clinic to seek further help. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. You can also read the following articles: I have a discharge-do I have an STI, What is vaginal thrush or a yeast infection?and How to keep your vagina healthy for more information.




Anonymous 26 June 2018 18:27

How can you stop comparing yourself with other peers

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 July 2018 11:44

Hi there, thank you for your question. Its important to remember that everyone is different and unique. Comparing yourself to others can lead to a disappointment which can leave you feeling a bit low if you are always comparing yourself. Focus on you, because no-one is better at being you than yourself. 



Kenneth 20 May 2018 12:26

How many days does it take for menstruation to stop?

B-Wise Expert Expert 22 May 2018 16:14

Hi there, thank you for your question. Menstruation usually lasts between 3 and 5 days, but can be as long as 7 days. You can learn about menstruation here.