FEMALE BODY IMAGE
Girls develop eating and self-image problems before drug or alcohol problems. Nevertheless, there are drug and alcohol programs in almost every school, but no eating disorder programs. Societal pressures to be thin are rising; however, research for eating disorders continues to be
under-funded and insurance coverage for treatment is inadequate.
1970 - average age of girls starting to diet was 14...
24% comments on males’ looks
58% comments on females’ looks
1990— average age of girls starting to diet fell to 8...
10% comments on males’ looks
28% comments on females’ looks
7 % comments on males’ looks
26% comments on females’ looks
2009 3-6 year old girls start to worry about being fat.
Americans spend more between $40 $50 billion dollars a year (X dieting and diet-related products. That is more than the Gross National Product of more than half of all the nations in the word, including the entire country of Ireland.
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.
50%+ females studied between ages 18-25 would prefer to be run over by a truck than to be tat. 2/3 would choose to be mean or stupid rather than fat.
35% of normal dieters will progress to pathological dieting and 25% will
progress to partial or full-blown eating disorders.
5-20% die from these disorders.