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 Women Are Dying To Be Thin



Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: It is indisputable that a majority of women have issues with their body image. The media displays women who, for the most part, fit the description of anorexia. Women now see "00" sizes (how can someone be less than "0" in size? For that matter, how can someone be a "0" size? Wouldn't that mean that they would be invisible if they turned sideways to you?

Moreover, medical research shows that being overweight, even obese, is not necessarily an indication that one is "unhealthy" or "unfit." Not everyone can be toned and cut as genes play a prominent part in a body's physique. In fact, research also shows that being content with your body is more important to your physical and mental health than your body shape is! We all also know the importance of eating healthy and exercising though some protest at the "high" cost of organic foods. Yet, one has to wonder whether it's more important to spend your money on designer clothes "intended" to make you look good, or healthy food that will make you feel good?


Eating disorders are the most deadly mental illness and statistics show that various media outlets are partially implicit. This infographic displays the disparity between the way the media presents a physically "ideal" woman and the actual average American woman. These statistics reveal that the way that the fashion and advertising industries influence women's self-image.

When 80% of women are made insecure by images they see of women on television and more than two-thirds of women are influenced by underweight models in magazines, media outlets should strongly consider changing the way that they portray women.


Women Are Dying to be Thin - Media Influence on Eating Disorders
Infographic provided by Rader Programs



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