Alarming Statistics

A recent article in The Mac Weekly (Macalester's Independent Student Newspaper) reveals some alarming statistics. They state that according to a recent survey by M.E. Collins almost half of six-year-old girls on the playground are concerned about their weight, with 42 percent of girls in first through third grade wanting to be thinner.

The article goes on to say, "According to the National Eating Disorder Association, a recent study showed that 91 percent of women on a US college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting..."

Read what Macalester's students are doing to raise awareness and offer support during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Dying to be thin.

See Also: Eating Disorder Statistics


Thanks to WildAngel6 for the link to the article

http://media.www.themacweekly.com/media/storage/paper1230/news/2008/02/22/Features/Dying.To.Be.Thin.Eating.Disorders.Exposed-3224790.shtml
picture:http://www.flickr.com/photos/mugley/2227098069/

4 comments:

OhYeahBabe said...

That shows that we moms have really got to set healthier examples for our children! Even if we feed them healthy food, if we extreme diet for weight loss, they are watching. If we are unhappy with our body image, they'll learn that, too.
OYB
My blog: Kimorexia

Medusa said...

"...almost half of six-year-old girls on the playground are concerned about their weight, with 42 percent of girls in first through third grade wanting to be thinner."

OMG, that is horrific. Much of the blame for this can be laid at the doorstep of the fashion industry which continues to flood the media with images of young girls and women whose bodies are not only preternaturally thin but extensively photoshopped. It's simply scandalous.

Thanks, MrsM, for your post. It's shocking.

My blog: Medusa

Yucky said...

Great blog -- way to go fighting the good fight getting the information out there about the growing tragedy of anorexia and bulimia!

MrsMenopausal said...

Thanks for your comments. I really appreciate them.