Stop It, Already

The average U.S. woman is 5’4” and weighs 140 pounds, whereas the average U.S. model is 5’11” and weighs 117 pounds.

The “ideal” woman – portrayed by models, Miss America, Barbie dolls, and screen actresses – is 5’5, weighs 100 pounds and wears a size 5.

The diet industry (diet foods, diet programs, diet drugs, etc.) takes in over $40 billion each year and continues to grow.

30% of women chose an ideal body shape that is 20% underweight and an additional 44% chose an ideal body shape that is 10% underweight.

Two out of five women and one out of five men would trade three to five years of their life to achieve their weight goals.

Young girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer, or losing their parents.

*Source: Shocking Statistics by University of Colorado in Boulder*

Wow…read those over again, let them sink in. The last one, especially, left me reeling. The idea of a few extra fat cells is scarier to girls than dying or losing their parents?

Women have the ability and the power to stop this poisonous destruction of women’s and girls’ self-esteem, and to shift the focus to realistic images and a priority on accomplishments rather than appearance. But women have self-perpetuated this crap for so long, I don’t know that most women know how to stop.

For instance, I have read that 7 out of 10 women feel depressed after viewing pictures of models in fashion magazines. Yet, who are the primary subscribers and purchasers of these same fashion magazines? Why do women feed their own self-loathing and financially contribute to the lunacy of unrealistic, unhealthy body shapes?

I receive This Old House and PC magazine. Not Vogue, not Cosmo (sure as hell not Cosmo), or any other magazine targeting women with their “you are not good enough” message, full of fluff, with the token “love yourself” article followed by an ad for SlimFast or Jenny Craig.

*flipping middle finger*

It’s as easy as that, ladies. Step off the lunatic train and stop giving it momentum. And please, for the love of god, let’s give today’s little girls a more female-friendly, realistic world to inherit.

Unless, of course, it doesn’t bother you that these girls are more afraid of being fat than being dead.


2 thoughts on “Stop It, Already

  1. Amen sista gurl! You will not find anything resembling “normal” between the covers of Cosmo or Vogue or any other women’s mag. Puh-lease. Even “plus size” models are not even close to “plus size”… its absurd the body image messages that are being shoved down the throats of girls AND women at every turn. Oy, I could twist off big time on this issue but I will leave it at this 🙂

  2. Excellent post, thank you for your words! This has been nagging at me for weeks now, seeing it in almost everyone around me (not to mention myself, even if I don’t want to feel that way). I just want the people close to me to understand this too. It’s hard to change someone’s mind when they’ve been saturated in this imagery and marketing their whole lives.Rock on 🙂

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