Get Medical Care
If you’re thinking about a change in your body size or shape, it’s important to visit a healthcare provider so that the change you want can be planned with an expert and monitored. Tell the adult responsible for your health care, or make an appointment with a healthcare provider if you are responsible for your own health care. You can set an appointment with your family’s provider, or at a community health organization that offers free or low-cost health care services if you don’t have a regular care provider or health insurance.
If you or your family is not insured or does not have a regular healthcare provider, consider getting your health services through a community health center. Use the Find-a-Health-Center Tool to locate a community health center by ZIP Code.
Use the Find a Family Planning Clinic tool to locate a family planning clinic by state, city, or ZIP code.
Get Emotional Care
If you are feeling stressed or anxious about your physical appearance, body weight, or body size, you may want to talk about those feelings with a therapist or counselor. If you or your family has health insurance, there is a way for you to access therapy or counseling services through your primary care provider or behavioral health provider. If you or your family does not have health insurance, find free or low-cost mental health services by ZIP Code and type of service or reach the National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or online.
Get Help in a Physical Emergency
Call 911 if you are having any type of physical emergency, including an emergency related to your physical appearance, body size, or body shape.
Get Help in an Emotional Emergency
Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or initiate a confidential online chat with a trained counselor if you are really sad or are considering harming yourself for any reason, including your physical appearance, body size, or body shape.