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#bodiesBody Image, Self-Esteem & The Media

7 comments | March 28th, 2011


(submitted by Guest Contributor LIz Nord at Secrets of Moms Who Dare To Tell All)

I read the recent Glamour magazine article, “Shocking Body-Image News: 97% of Women Will Be Cruel to Their Bodies Today” and it made me think of my daughters and all the young boys and girls, teens, and women who have or will struggle with self-esteem and body image issues at some point in their lives.

The Glamour magazine article said, “On average, women have 13 negative body thoughts daily—nearly one for every waking hour. And a disturbing number of women confess to having 35, 50, or even 100 hateful thoughts about their own shapes each day.” The article went on to say, “In a University of Central Florida study of three- to six-year-old girls, nearly half were already worried about being fat—and roughly a third said they wanted to change something about their body.”

These are very disturbing statistics. More than ...


10 comments | February 22nd, 2011

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(submitted by Guest Contributor Zoeyjane)

Consumption theory says that the more we're exposed to something via media, reading, basically any well-used medium, the more we start to believe its depiction as reality. And we subsequently start comparing ourselves to what we see.

Supporting consumption theory was the drastic increase in eating disorders during the three decade span of the mid-80s to 2005. Like, doubling of prevalence, drastic, mostly only in societies with marked dependance on media. Arguing consumption theory is evidence wherever you walk around - teen pregnancy is down, women are focusing on healthy eating for themselves and their families, and there are few, if any Snooki-twins.

Yet we blame media for giving us a measurement of what we might aspire to. I think this is both right and wrong.

We're marketed towards, with sexy, beautiful, thin images portraying our assumed ideals and futures if we ...

#bodiesHealthy Body Image for Our Children

6 comments | February 17th, 2011

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(submitted by Guest Contributer Janna Dean via C. Jane Enjoy It)

This week I sat in a conference listening to a presentation about body image that revealed one of the most horrifying statistics I’ve heard on the subject.  The presenter stated that “14% of 5-year-old girls diet.”  I was stunned.  I am stunned.  I know our culture is unrealistic in its expectations—impossible even.  I know we have an “obesity epidemic” on our hands.  I know we have serious distortions about what it means to be healthy...But dieting at 5 years old?!   For a long moment I was unable to focus on the presentation and instead thought of my own wonderful, brave, mischievous, innocent little 4-year-old daughter (turning 5 this April).  I felt saddened by the world she is exposed to despite my attempts to shelter her.   And then my thoughts turned to her twin brother who is similarly victimized by our world (as is his 17-year-old cousin who has indeed lost himself and his dreams to the world of body ...