This morning I read about a study done in Taiwan that showed some disturbing statistics for younger teenagers. According to the study, from a pool of 16,000 participants, 15 percent of 13 to 15-year-olds said they had vomited in order to lose weight in the last year. Even more shocking, nearly 16 percent of 10 to 12-year-olds had also tried vomiting.
If you do the math, that is 2,400 13 to 15-year-olds and 2,560 10 to 12-year-olds. Although all these statistics are startling, to me it’s shocking that any 10-year-old feels the pressure to lose weight. When I was ten I remember only worrying whether or not I’d be able to get permission to sleep over my friend’s house.
However, things depicted in the media have definitely upped the ante. We have Twitter, blogs, magazines, television as a constant reminder of “beautiful” and glamorous Hollywood, as exemplified by all the celebrities with “perfect” bodies. We have ads showing stick thin girls and runways featuring size 0 teenagers. We have the media calling normal celebrity bodies “curvy,” when in fact they look skinny to me! However, I will say that there are a lot of stars out there who have fabulous curvacious bodies that are great role models for the youth, such as Jennifer Hudson, Raven-Symone, America Ferrara, Adele, just to name a few.
Just remember, no one has the perfect body. We all have issues about our bodies and ourselves that we wish we could change. Learn to embrace everything about yourself so you can show the world just how beautiful you are!
Do you think Hollywood is the reason why younger teenagers are feeling the pressures to lose weight, or do you think it’s something else? What are some of the pressures you feel?