Does your child aspire to look like the girls and guys in magazines and on TV? After hearing a disturbing statistic on eating disorders, I had to read into it a little bit more. Eating disorders affect up to 24 million Americans. This is a topic I didn’t know much about so that number along shocked me.
About 11% of high school students have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. While 51% of 9 and 10 year old girls would feel better about themselves if they were on a diet. Nine and ten year olds? This was a pretty high number in my book. Time magazine reports that 8-% of all children have been on a diet by the time they have reached the 4th grade.
Those statistics shocked and scared me. Kids see the girls and guys on TV and want to be just like them. The fact of the matter is that most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American woman. After talking to a few girls during homecoming, last week, those stats became real to me. They thought there were fat and would skip meals just to lose weight. There are freshman in high school. One young lady was on a diet so that she could fit into her, size 4, homecoming dress.
As parents, it is important to teach your child about proper eating, and to also build them up and encourage them. This is something that is important to start doing at a very young age. The younger we start, the quicker we can help prevent anorexia and bulimia in teens and young adults. One stat says that 81% of 10 year old are afraid of being fat. That is a high number. So let’s start this at home, and eat right and encourage positive self-esteem.
Have a wonderful weekend gamers!