Dieting is on the increase

March 11, 2010 at 1:04 am | Posted in Body Image, dieting, Obesity, Self Esteem | Leave a comment

Girls and Dieting, then and now

According to a 1986 study by the University of California at San Franscisco, 80% of Fourth Grade girls said they were dieting.  This Wall Street Journal article highlights the growing influence of media images on girls since that study. Earlier this year another study published in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing found, among other things, that,

“A preoccupation with body image is now showing up in children as young as age five, and it can be exacerbated by our culture’s increased awareness of obesity, which leaves many non-overweight kids stressed about their bodies.”

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