Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Young girls diet

According to a recent survey girls aged 15 diet the most, with one in five 15 year olds regularly skipping breakfast and a worrying 18 per cent only eating one meal a day. Even 11-year olds have tried to diet and shockingly, six-year old girls are aware of foods that are bad for the figure!


Internet parental control software CyberSentinel carried out the survey of 1,500 girls between the ages of 6 and 15. One third of the 11-year-olds said they were 'too fat' and one in three also said they hated their tummy. Despite their bones still growing, 19 per cent had hang-ups about their bodies with chest (19 per cent) and legs (16 per cent) the main concerns. Fourteen per cent claimed they were unhappy with their arms and 13 per cent didn't like the shape of their posterior.

Overall 33 per cent of young girls have looked on the internet to find out more about dieting, slimming products and calorie control. And young girls will go to extreme lengths to emulate celebrities and models in the media. Whether they are naturally slim or ridiculously skinny fashion model who is either anorexic or bulimic:

skinny fashion model

Such images have a bad impact on teen and pre-teen girls who are already traumatized over the natural changes occurring in their bodies. Even girls who are celebrities suffer from a negative body image, like the model Ali Michael and the actress and singer Scarlett Pomers. While going through the normal growth pangs and entering puberty, like many other girls, Scarlett saw changes in her body during Christmas 2004. "I had gained a few pounds from all the cakes and cookies everyone had baked during the holidays, and for some reason, it bothered me."

Scarlett used pro-anorexia websites to help her drastically cut weight, until she got so sick that her parents had to send her to rehab. Today she is fully recovered and an ambassador for National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).


Brwneyedgrl08 said...

Eating disorders are a growing concern in our society, year after year the numbers of people who are effected by eating disorders continues to grow. Part of the reason why, I feel is because of celebrities and the fashion industry. There are young adults/teenagers who look to celebrities and fashion models as role models, they want to look and be just like them. When the fashion industry and celebrities have eating disorders, people do in fact follow in their footsteps.

There is a great informational site about eating disorders, that has a lot of helpful and useful information about different eating disorders, their symptoms and causes, treatment options that are available and more. If more people knew the full effects and consequences of eating disorders, they probably would not fall in the trap.

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