Even before Twiggy, the first waif-thin model, WWII pinups and promotional posters were promoting thinness as a key component to being healthy and beautiful. These days, from the medical community to the mass media, our children are often given the message that thinness equals health and beauty. Unfortunately, the understanding that we have many different natural shapes is not mentioned, and the health that comes from making good choices to take care of our body is lost. That beauty is more about our self image, self worth, and how we care for others and our inner self, rather than fitting into a fixed image, is often not even mentioned.
When the wrong messages are adopted...
- In an ongoing survey by the National Heart Lung Institute, of 9 to 10 year-old girls 40% have tried to lose weight.
- According to the National Institute on Media and the Family, 53% of 13 year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies. By the time they reach 17, 78% are dissatisfied with their bodies.
- According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 2.7% of 13 to 18 year-olds were identified as having a “severe” eating disorder as a lifetime condition.
- With extended starvation, the brain begins to feed upon itself using gray matter/neurons to keep the brain alive.