Created to help build confidence and create positive body images for our daughters; awareness to a common and entrenched social injustice that often results in serious physical and mental health consequences for those affected. Whether it is children being teased and bullied in school because of their weight, adults being discriminated against in the work place, or patients being shamed in a physician’s office, weight stigma insidiously affects a variety of people....
*Accepting and respecting the diversity of body shapes and sizes
*Recognizing that health and well-being are multi-dimensional and that they include physical, social, spiritual, occupational, emotional, and intellectual aspects
*Promoting all aspects of health and well-being for people of all sizes
*Promoting eating in a manner which balances individual nutritional needs, hunger, satiety, appetite, and pleasure
*Promoting individually appropriate, enjoyable, life-enhancing physical activity, rather than exercise that is focused on a goal of weight loss
• 91% of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting. 22% dieted “often” or “always.”
• 86% report onset of eating disorder by age 20; 43% report onset between ages of 16 and 20.
• Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents.
• 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.8
• 25% of college-aged women engage in bingeing and purging as a weight-management technique.
• The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate associated with all causes of death for females 15-24 years old.
• Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives.
• In a survey of 185 female students on a college campus, 58% felt pressure to be a certain weight, and of the 83% that dieted for weight loss, 44% were of normal weight.
• 47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures.
• 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape.
• 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner
• 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat
• Although about two-thirds of girls aged 8 to 17 correctly identified themselves as being either normal weight or overweight, one-third have a distorted idea about their weight—either perceiving themselves as too heavy when they are, in fact, of normal weight, or feeling their weight is "about right" when they actually are too heavy. Specifically, 45% of girls that were overweight and 61% of girls at risk of being overweight see themselves as normal weight, while 14% of normal weight girls believe they are overweight.
• Nearly three out of four girls (73%) compare how they look to girls in the media at least sometimes, with three out of ten girls (29%) comparing their looks either a lot or all the time.