Self-Esteem + Body Image on ‘Catfish’

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Photo: (MTV)

Tonight’s episode of “Catfish” involves a pro Internet stalking sesh, a whole lotta lies, and a double dose of man tears. It’s the sad but entertaining story of two people who are very much in love — or at least think they are — but are struggling with self-esteem issues and difficult personal situations.

First, we meet Anthony, a 27-year-old veteran who is in love with Marq — a guy he met online but has never seen in person. After many failed attempts to see Marq, Anthony enlists Nev and Max to help bring them together. We eventually learn that Marq is actually Framel — a man with low self-esteem who is genuinely in love with Anthony. “I would really look in the mirror and say, ‘I hate myself,’ and I thought I wasn’t worth anything,” Framel shares. It turns out there is way more to his story than meets the eye, and I don’t wanna spoil it for you, but it definitely had me in tears.

Although we all struggle with self-confidence at times, catfishing is not the answer! The first step towards finding someone to love you for you is learning to love yourself. If you or someone you know is struggling with low self-esteem or negative body image, check out MTV’s Half Of Us for helpful tips and resources. And let this, and every episode of “Catfish,” be a reminder to love and respect ourselves and others more and more every day.

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