Children and The Diet Mentality
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Warning these are some sad statistics:
"When traditional values of self-acceptance come up against modern demands of contemporary beauty-roles and the constant bombardment of ideal female beauty roles of “youth, face, thinness” = beauty – Then these contemporary forces and images win – out of sheer infinite exposure of the young girls to its message: A message of cultural pressure that beats in their brains like a drum. And what is becoming increasingly evident is that eating disorders now represent as much a social formation as they do a personal pathology. And we need to explore the personal, the individual, as well as the cultural ramifications of second generation food/eating/dieting/weight and body-image issues. I’m going to do that here. This blog maybe several parts since there is so much ground to cover. "
"Two things are going on here we need to address – the diet-mentality and child perceptions of food/eating/diet/weight and appearance. Here are some sad numbers to consider. One study showed almost 50% - half – of 9-11 yrs. olds reported they were sometimes or very often, on diets. 82% of kids in this study reported that their whole family was sometimes or very often, on diets! The number one wish in a study of girls 11-17 is to lose weight! How heavy a mental and emotional focus that must be, if it is a number one wish! Another study of 4th grade girls showed that 80% of them had already dieted. And on and on it goes." -Scott Abel
This Blog entry reminds me a lot of the series of posts I did on restrictions and reward