Wednesday, October 28, 2009

disturbing facts about women and body image....

As a woman i know how hard it is to live up to what the media considers ¨healthy¨ Healthy in T.V. land is 30 pounds underweight....When you walk into a department store to buy clothes, the clothing shown on the mannequins are for a woman who is a size zero... What woman who doesnt starve herself is naturally a size zero? Why dont department stores make mannequins who resemble a real womans body, which is more of a size 6-8....

I found some disturbing facts about women and body image that i thought i would share....Enjoy!

1. The average American woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 140 pounds. The average American model is 5’11” tall and weighs 117 pounds.

2. The average size of the “ideal” woman, as portrayed by models, has become progressively thinner over the years and has stabilized at around 20% below the average weight. This thin ideal is unachievable for most women. A 1995 study found that three minutes spent looking at models in a fashion magazine caused 70% of women to feel depressed, guilty, and ashamed

3. It is estimated that 40-50% of American women are trying to lose weight at any point in time.

4. One out of every four college aged women has an eating disorder.

5. Almost half of all women smokers smoke because they see it as the best way to control their weight. Of these women, 25% will die of a disease caused by smoking.

6. At age thirteen, 53% of American girls are “unhappy with their bodies.” This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen.

7. In a sample of male and female high school students, girls had higher body dissatisfaction scores than boys on all measures. Girls reported magazines as their primary source of information regarding diet and health. Boys reported their parents as their primary source of information. These are the typical messages girls can expect to get from women’s magazines:

8. A majority of girls in a 1999 study (59 percent) reported dissatisfaction with their body shape, and 66 percent expressed a desire to lose weight. Only 29 percent of the girls were overweight.

9. At 5′9” tall and weighing 110 lbs, Barbie would have a BMI of 16.24 which is considered severely underweight. Because of her ridiculous proportions (39” bust, 18” waist, 33” thighs and a size 3 shoes!), if she was a real woman, she wouldn’t be able to walk upright – she would have to walk on all fours. Note that the target market for Barbie Doll sales are girls ages 3 to 12.

10. Nearly 11.7 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2007. Women had nearly 10.6 million cosmetic procedures, 91% percent of the total.


NiDa said...

Yeah, unfortunate but true. That is why my parents REFUSED to ever buy me a barbie doll.

What is worse tho is the sexual exploitation of the female body - where markets target seven year old girls to buy 'bras'. All advertizing and marketing is usually targeting the children, because now a days if a child wants something, she is going to get it - more often then not - which is sad. I think it's mostly the parents' fault. We need to scensor what our children read and look at - and teach them to value themselves and their bodies!

Thanx for the stats sis!

Thirst For Knowledge said...

Thanks Nida For your comment! I agree with what you said. I feel Parents should boycott barbie! Even adults are obsessed with barbie and wanting to look like her. I saw a special on Opera in which one woman's obsession with looking like barbie has cost her hundreds of thousands in cosmetic surgery!! Not only are kids playing with barbie but the latest trend is the Brat dolls!!! I have seen so many young girls trying to imitate how the brat dolls dress. Pedophiles lust after young girls who dress like adults and prey on them.

Candice said...

I hope my daughter will not suffer through these issues. I will do my best to help her grow up satisfied with the way she looks. I will do my best to show her what is important by not focusing on how I look and not being dissatisfied with my own body.

I don't support Barbie at all either. I'm not sure I would ban it, but I wouldn't buy it either... I will always try to direct her towards the better things, but with her making her own decisions on things that are not so essential like playing with Barbie, it will be up to her.

Thirst For Knowledge said...

Hi Candice! Thanks for the comment. I know it can be hard raising a daughter in todays society, inshaAllah your daughter will not be pressured by societies obsession with perfection! The good thing about islam is that women are judged by thir mind not their body. Of course that doesnt apply to the cultural muslims who dress identical to non muslims and compete with their attention. Islam teaches us that the value of a woman is not based on her body or how attractive she is but her mind and her deeds!