““[A total of] 53 percent of 13-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies,” another blurb reads. “That number increases to 78 percent by age 17.””
“Grefe said that, despite the risks, children and teenagers – as much as half of all female teens, and a third of all male teens – are trying to lose weight through unhealthy means such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting or taking laxatives.
Amy Zucchero, campaign director for Miss Representation, told CBS Seattle that exposure to media – and subsequently, to what they feel are distorted images of idealized male and female beauty – as well as to conversations conducted by nearby adults tend to heavily influence their self and world views.”
This is what saddens me about the culture we have now – this is normal now. The objectification of women has trickled into the objectification of children, and their idealization of what they “should” look like determines whether they are happy or not. And as the article goes on to say, much if not all of the blame can really go to the parents; what a daughter sees her mother do is what she will do herself, now if not later in her own adult life. “Dieting” and a general vocal unhappiness with their appearance is more visible to a child than to an adult. It is all about the example, it is all about the precedent.