How a staggering 80 PER CENT of 10-year-olds have been on a diet – and young girls' number one wish is to be thinner
19:52 GMT, 29 June 2012
A new campaign that aims to empower teenagers from today's image and weight obsessed society has revealed that the number one wish for 11 to 17-year-old girls is to be thinner.
Miss Representation has released facts during its Keep It Real campaign, revealing that 80per cent of ten-year-old girls say they have been on a diet and 81per cent are afraid of getting fat.
Adults have become accustomed to dealing with society's constant and pervasive body pressure, but how young girls handle the idea that their value lies in youth, beauty and sexuality is troubling to many.
Troubling facts: Miss Representation has released facts during its Keep It Real campaign, revealing how 80 per cent of ten-year-old girls have been on a diet
The facts, which come from lengthy studies published in the Journal of Christian Nursing, also revealed that 53per cent of 13-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies, a number that increases to 78per cent by age 17.
Apparently three out of four teenage girls feel depressed, guilty and shameful after spending three minutes looking through a fashion magazine.
This could be attributed to the fact that 20 years ago, the average fashion model weighed only eight per cent less than the average woman, today however, that number is 23per cent less.
On top of this, 43per cent of first to third grade girls want to be thinner.
In an opinion piece regarding the statistics, Jezebel's Lindsay
West wrote: 'Today's girls get 15 years of [this body obsession], [compared] to my ten –
presuming they clamber out of the pit by 25, if they manage to do it at
all. NO THANKS. This is clearly an emergency.'
The campaign challenges medias limited and often disparaging portrayals of girls, 'which make it difficult for the average woman to feel powerful herself'
Ms West has a 10-year-old 'beanpole' stepdaughter, who, she said, gets called fat by her 14-year-old cousin.
Recently, her stepdaughter announced that the entire family would be required to 'work out' together every morning, specifying a routine with items like '36 push-ups,' and 'jog for 17 minutes'.
Ms West said: 'I notice her grasping for little excuses not to eat. She casually mentions that certain relatives and classmates have called her fat. She claims she just “likes” turkey bacon better than regular bacon (BLATANT LIE).
'Even kids (especially kids, maybe) know that the best way to insult a woman is to call her fat. They know that thin > fat, even if they don't really understand what that means,' she added.
A film released in October 2011
of the same name, Miss Representation, exposed how American youth are
suffering from gender stereotypes portrayed in the media.
Who is at fault Miss Representation, exposed how American youth are suffering from gender stereotypes portrayed in the media
After the critical acclaim it received, writer and
director Jennifer Siebel Newsom decided to create the campaign MissRepresentation.org.
The film and campaign challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, 'which make
it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the
average woman to feel powerful herself'.
Many parents are unsure how to tackle this challenge and their children's frightening weight hang-ups.
Ms West concluded: 'So what do I do with this kid For now, we're going
with this: Mandatory morning work-outs No. Unlimited bo-staff practice
Absolutely! Skipping meals Definitely not. Regular food Eat a normal
amount! That cousin Stupid. You Beautiful. Turkey bacon FU**ING NEVER
COMING IN MY HOUSE.'