Facts

•Girls are more likely than boys to be victims of cyberbullying.
•One out of four college-age women have an eating disorder.
•Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents and teenagers. Teen girls are more likely to attempt suicide.

•Three-fourths of girls with low self-esteem engage in negative activities, such as disordered eating, bullying, smoking or drinking.
•Only 2% of women think they are beautiful.

• For girls ages 11-17 it is the perception of being overweight, not just weight alone, that inhibits participation in sports and physical activities.

  • A girl is bullied every 7 minutes!
     • Many girls ages 11–17 say they do not play sports because they do not feel skilled or competent (40%) or because they do not think their bodies look good (23%).
     • Sixty-eight percent of girls have had a negative experience on a social networking site, such as having
    someone gossip about them or being bullied.
     • 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.

Thirty-one percent of girls admit to starving themselves or refusing to eat as a strategy to lose
weight.

 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
1.7 million high school girls, and more than 300,000 high school boys have anorexia or bulimia (Cumella, 2004). 

In 2010, there were 4600 suicides among 15-24yr olds!!

Amoung 15-24yr olds, suicides account for 12.2% of deaths annually!
 

 
 
 

The Cause & Why

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....
Many girls commit suicide because life is so bad for them that they cannot handle it anymore. Suicide is preventable. Let our daughters know that someone does care and we are listening: you're beautiful & you're worth it.

Girls as young as 7 are now treated for anorexia, more than 40 percent of girls in first, second and third grade wish they were thinner, and the number of reported cases of anorexia and bulimia is rising, according to the Seattle-based National Association of Eating Disorders.” Research has found that daughters who have healthy relationships with their dads tend to be more self-reliant, self-confident and successful and less likely to develop eating disorders.
It's important that you don't put yourself down in front of your daughter.She has an adult woman's body in her future and she's looking to you in terms of how to feel about that body. She's taking notes whether you know it or not.

 

TOO MANY GIRLS ARE LIMITING THIER SELF WORTH AND/OR COMMITTING SUICIDE AS A RESULT OF NEGATIVE BODY IMAGES AND BULLYING!!

 

 

~~NEGATIVE BODY IMAGE OFTEN LEADS TO EATING DISORDER~~
Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. these are people already on the verge of death — they were so malnourished and underweight that even the slightest suicide attempt could easily lead to death.  *a 2003 Harvard University study that concluded anorexic women are, by nature of their illness, self-destructive, leading them to have a likelier propensity toward suicide as well as alcohol abuse. That study of about 250 women suffering eating disorders showed the risk of death by suicide among by anorexic women to be as much as 57 times the expected rate of a healthy woman.

 

 


 Most teen girls do not think they are beautiful and believe losing weight would make them more attractive, a new survey has found.The results show at least 54 percent of girls aged between 13 and 20 skip meals while 96 percent would change their body if they could.One quarter did not like what they saw in the mirror while just nine percent were proud of how they looked.

 

 

 

Weight Stigmata

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Shame placed upon individuals based on weight or body size
Judgment and biases predetermined by weight or body size
Judgment of a person’s character, work ethics, and personality based on weight or body size
Inequalities in employment, health-care, and educational settings due to negative stereotypes that overweight and obese persons are lazy and incompetent
As many as 3 to 6 million people in the U.S. struggle with BDD symptoms.

Self Harm

Cutting, a form of self-harm, is a problem among teens. 25-45% of individuals with an eating disorder also self-harm (Claes, Vandereycken, & Vertommen, 2003).
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