Fed Up, Inc.

Posted on March 14, 2012

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We like this site: www.FedUpinc.org  It focusses on educating young girls and boys about a healthy body image and awareness. It’s hardly surprising that with all the media focus on our bodies, how we look, and diets, a lot of our young people (and some not so young people) are getting the wrong idea. Being fit is all about how you feel. The numbers on the scale will not (in and of themselves) equate to loving the strength and power of your body. Here are some recent stats on how kids are perceiving their bodies. If you have a young person in your life, be sure to have a conversation with them about media awareness.

Number of Girls Struggling With Unhealthy Eating Behaviors

  • Research reveals that 40-60% of girls in high school perceive themselves to be overweight and are actively trying to lose weight.
  • Approximately 10-15% of these girls can be considered “chronic dieters,” two-thirds of whom are not overweight.
  • Ninety percent of eating disorder sufferers are female.
  • Girls are particularly vulnerable to the development of body dissatisfaction, unhealthy dieting behaviors and eating disorders.
  • An estimated 11 million American women and girls have active, destructive eating disorders
  • Eating disorders affect girls of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Eating disorders are serious health conditions and anorexia has one of the highest death rates of any mental illness
  • Over one-half of teenage girls use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives
  • Girls who diet frequently are 12 times as likely to binge as girls who don’t diet
  • 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner.
  • 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat.
  • The average American woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 140 pounds. The average American model is 5’11” tall and weighs 117 pounds.
  • Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women.
  • 46% of 9-11 year-olds are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets, and 82% of their families are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets.
  • 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25% progress to partial or full-syndrome eating disorders.

Number of  Men and Boys Struggling With Unhealthy Eating Behaviors

  • “Males are taking on our unhealthy obsession with thinness and perfection, and as a result we are seeing an increased incidence in eating disorders in males,” Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CDN, director and co-founder of Eating Disorder Associates Treatment and Referral Centers
  • “At any given time, 25 percent of men are on diets and 41 percent are dissatisfied with their weight”
  • Males account for 10-15% of all bulimic patients
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