I watched Melissa Harris-Parry’s show this weekend and she did a whole section on body image and beauty. It was an inspiring piece. I found these statistics to be startling:
Here are some heart breaking statistics:
- 42% of first-third grade girls want to be thinner.
- 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat.
- In the past decade, hospitalizations for eating disorders increased by 119% for children younger than 12.
I have a young niece who in a few years may find herself influenced by negative self images and negative body images. She is beautiful and has no reason to feel that way, but one could say that about all young girls and women. Suffering from an eating disorder myself, I know how damaging these negative thoughts can be.
MHP has asked women today to not wear makeup and post their pictures of themselves without makeup. It is a small thing, but I know many women who have not left their house without some kind of make-up since they were 12. Wearing makeup is part of body/self image.
So, here is my pic this morning: