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Thin is In

A look at American culture's unrealistic standards

Caitlin Reilly

on 19 November 2012

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A look at American culture's unrealistic standards Thin is In Overview American woman are bombarded with images of rail thin models, underweight celebrities and 'the new diet plan' that promises successful weight loss! However, this constant focus on body image has repercussions such as eating disorders, low self esteem and depression. "I’m talking about the thousands upon thousands of young women spend half their waking hours burning with self-hate – fueled in part by the abundant obsession with skinny models." (Foster, 2012) Fashion "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."-Kate Moss (supermodel) How are these images affecting the Average woman? 1 out of 4 women are on a diet constantly (PBS,2003)
Women's self esteem is lowered due to images of stick thin models.
42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner(PBS, 2003)
Young girls are not aware of the use of photoshop, the lengths models go to for their body shape and some of their thin shape must be natural.
81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat (PBS, 2003)
Popular magazines take advantage by placing articles of how to lose weight quickly and efficiently.
91% of women recently surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting.(PBS, 2003) The average fashion model is 5'11 and 117lbs
Most models are thinner than 98% of American woman
Models are considered to be the ideal form of beauty, giving women an impossible standard to live up to
(PBS, 2003) 21 year old model's food diary
"10:00 A.M. Home
One bottle Kombucha tea. It’s a fermented Chinese tea. Supposedly it has all of these properties for the immune system, metabolism support, digestion. One apple.

1:45 P.M. Clinton Street Baking Company
Bowl of lobster bisque. I only stared at the biscuit that came with it.

8:00 Cube 63
Two gyoza, one piece scallop (no rice), one spicy scallop roll, one Clinton roll. Again, low-sodium soy sauce. I love sushi. It’s lean protein, it’s good for you. About a liter of water throughout the day." (Foster 2012) Fasting or Fashion? The Average US Woman height: 5'4''
weight: 140lbs
BMI: ranging from 23-26
(PBS, 2003) It's not only affecting models “Drastic thinness has become the beauty ideal – and it’s having an alarming effect on girls everywhere”. (Foster, 2011) Why has this gone on for so long? Based on the findings of Marketdata’s 11th edition of the U.S. Weight Loss & Diet Control Market study, the worth of the weight loss industry was estimated at $61 billion in 2010. (2011) Has thin always be in? NO. 1900's Ideal 1920's Ideal 1940's Ideal 1950's Sex Symbol Marilyn Monroe wore a size 10 compared to a size 0 or 2 for models/actresses today (Strzemien 2012) Twenty years ago, models were 8% smaller than the average American women. "Today they are 23% thinner—so tiny that Cindy Crawford and Christie Brinkley would be plus size models today.
Plus sized models? Plus sizes are now sizes 6 to 12, and the average woman in America is a size 14." (Neuman, 2012) Neuman, 2012 Carroll, 2011 It's no longer affecting just women Men are being subjected to the similar unrealistic standards as women in the fashion industry.
Rates for eating disorder's around men are up 10%.
Bullying/teasing plays a large role in eating disorders
(McVeigh, 2010) Implications? "Luisel Ramos, a 22 year old South American model dropped dead of a heart attack after stepping off a runway in 2006. She had been on a three month diet of green leaves and diet Coke after being told she could be an international sensation if she lost weight. Six months later, Luisel’s sister Elana, also a teenage model, was found dead in her bathroom. She, too, suffered a heart attack."
(Neuman, 2012) Actions Being Taken The top fashion magazine, Vogue, is putting a ban on too skinny models as well as putting an age restriction. Models must be at least 16 years old and have a healthy BMI. Vogue will not work with models who appear to have an eating disorder. (Critchell, 2012) Actions You Can Take Support the magazines who are promoting a healthier body image
Change the body image conversation to healthy vs skinny
Do not participate in negative body image talk
Embrace your own body and strive to be healthy
THIN IS NOT IN, HEALTHY IS (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (Strzemien 2012) (8)
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