Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

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Why so skinny?

There is an interesting debate going on in the fashion world right now that applies to the things we’ve been talking about on this blog. About 3 years ago a well-known model died due to an eating disorder. Since then, the fashion industry has been attempting to set some reasonable standards for weight on its models, to encourage healthy bodies.

In an article that came out today, there is a discussion of why fashion models are so thin. One of the thing that they found is that most of the models are very young girls, under 17. The article points out that for a 13-14 year old girl, it might be normal to be very slim, have a small bust and hips that are smaller than 33 inches. However, once a girl hits puberty and her body begins to change, she will no longer fit that “image.”  So, our ideal of womanly beauty is now a 13-year-old? No wonder the older models have to starve themselves to fit into the “sample” size 0, they’re not children, but women!

This makes me wonder how girls feel about their bodies when they start to develop into women. I know that many young girls entering puberty are surprised by the changes in their bodies, and, if they are reflecting this mentality, they’re not happy with what they see. We need to help our daughters feel good about the strong, healthy bodies that they have naturally. Trying to be a size 0 isn’t going to do that.

To read this article, go to http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/35336098/ns/today-today_fashion_and_beauty/

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