Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Friends Don't Let Friends Fat Talk

Interesting Facts:

■Did you know that Barbie, the best selling fashion doll in the world, has unattainable and unhealthy body proportions? If she were alive, her waist would be smaller than patients with anorexia nervosa, and she would be unable to menstruate (Dittmar, Halliwell, & Ive, 2006). Research has shown that very young girls (ages 5-7) who are exposed to Barbie have lower body esteem and want a thinner body than they have.

■Did you know that fashion models are thinner than 98% of women in the United States (Smolak, 1996)? According to the National Eating Disorders Association, the average woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 140 pounds. Yet not surprisingly, the average model is 5’11” tall and weighs only 117 pounds.

■Did you know that more than half of American girls ages 18-25 would rather be hit by a truck than be fat? More than two-thirds would rather be mean or stupid. In her 2007 book Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters, Courtney Martin notes that 90% of high-school-aged girls think they are overweight.

The link to Fat Talk Free week was just sent to me today, but the week is from the 19th-23rd. Why do we have to stop at a week though?
Let's support one another and end fat talk for good!

* End Fat Talk Video

* The Issue


Carolyn on October 21, 2009 at 1:19 p.m. said...

I love this post.

I fell into that trap when I was a young impressionable girl and now I know how important it is to let young women know that they are beautiful no matter what. It doesn't matter what number is on the tag of your pants, or what you see when you look at the scale, we are each beautiful in our own way.

Cat on October 21, 2009 at 1:49 p.m. said...

What a great post Lex! This is the kind of thing that really puts things into perspective....


Caitlin on October 21, 2009 at 3:48 p.m. said...

Great post, and nice statistics!

I loved Barbie when I was younger, and have low self esteem, so hmm...

-Caitlin @ Journey To A Better Me {}

Laura on October 22, 2009 at 7:01 p.m. said...

Great post and stats.
I cut my Barbie's hair all off when I was a kid. Hmmmm....