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You Can Never Un-See these Outrageous Body Image Statistics

**TRIGGER WARNING** references to eating disorders

So the other day on the radio, I heard a ridiculous statistic that I couldn’t believe, so I had to go on the internet and look it up for myself. Well, I found it. And boy, am I infuriated. According to a recent study:

over 1/2 the females between the ages of 18-25 would prefer to be run over by a truck then be fat, and 2/3 surveyed would rather be mean or stupid.

So…you’re telling me that a half of young adult women would rather be hospitalized or KILLED by being hit. By. a truck. than be fat… And MORE THAN HALF of them, would rather be considered dumb or a mean person… Seriously, what has this world come to. Well because I am a curious, and apparently horribly sadistic person, I decided to look more into these statistics (all found here), and because I don’t want to stew in this anger alone, I’m going to share it with you all! Thank me later…

So it turns out that 80 % of American women claim to be dissatisfied with their appearance and shape, and due to this, 1 in 2 American women are on a weight loss diet – big and disappointing numbers, yes, but not entirely unexpected. HOWEVER it was upon reading that 2 out of 5 women would trade 3 to 5 years of their life to achieve their goal body weight that I was struck completely dumbfounded. What makes someone so obsessed with being skinny that they would be willing to trade in WHOLE YEARS of their life?! In fact, some women (and men) actually are:

10-25% of all those battling with an eating disorder will die from the result.

For some stats relevant to us and our age groups – up to 19% of college aged women in America are bulimic. If that seems like a large number, it could be due to the fact that 91% of women in college surveyed reported they had attempted to control their weight by dieting and of those, 22% dieted “often” or “always.” With such high statistics of those who feel the need to constantly watch what they eat, it’s no surprise that the world is seeing such numbers of eating disorders being reported.

According to The Center for Mental Health Services 90% of those who have eating disorders are women between the ages of 12 and 25That’s right – all the way down to the age of TWELVE! But, it only gets worse:

81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat.

51% of 9 and 10 year old girls feel better about themselves if they are on a diet.

In a study of children aged 8-10, approximately 50 per cent of girls said they were unhappy with their size.

A survey revealed that 40 % of 1st, 2nd & 3rd grade girls want to be thinner.

I mean, really?! When you have 6 year olds so concerned with how they look that they want to be skinnier, the world needs to realize that we have a problem and look towards fixing it! I mean, what are these little girls looking up to that is causing this image issue?! Their big sisters, their moms who are freaking out about their needing to lose weight? The media being constantly shoved down their throats? The average woman is 5″4’ and weighs 140 pounds. The average model is 5″11’ and weighs 117 pounds. This is important:

Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women.

98 PERCENT!!! That means that this 2% of ridiculously skinny women is what little girls and women are trying to be like! That is not a representation of American women in the least and is virtually impossible to achieve. But the media uses these models as the representation of what women should attain to be! And THIS is the reason that women are being pushed towards eating disorders!

Only about 10% of people with anorexia and bulimia are male.

This shows the differences in society’s expectations of men and women! While men feel pressure just as strongly as women do to have the right body type – it is to achieve muscle tonedness and be “strong and powerful.” Women are expected to be stick skinny, or they’re ugly… A.K.A. women would rather be hit by a truck rather than be seen as anything but…

So what are ya’lls thoughts on this? Did these numbers surprise you or did you expect these outrageous statistics that reflect our messed up image issues in the modern world? Please comment and let me know your feelings so I don’t feel so alone in my outrage!!

5 Responses to “You Can Never Un-See these Outrageous Body Image Statistics”

  1. lfleetwood

    I am devastated that girls as young as 6 are starting to worry about their own body weight. Those girls are barely old enough to understand what the media is throwing in their face and it is already instilled in their mind. That makes me so sad to know that someone (it does not matter who anymore) is telling them they cannot be an “average” size, and that they believe they need to be skinny already. It is an epidemic, and my god, these girls are learning things that will negatively affect them for the rest of their lives. Thanks for sharing these, I wish there was more we could do to curb the caloric obsession and just let kids be kids.


  2. Ms Misantropia

    This is so sad, but not surprising, sadly enough. The world hates women and tries to control, enslave and kill us any way it can 😦


    • yourknightinshiningtutu

      Ms Misantropia, I appreciate your comment! I will have to agree to disagree though… I don’t believe that the world as a whole hates women or any of those extremities, but it does put a lot of pressure on women as far as body image which can have many negative affects. Thank you for reading and giving your input!


  3. yourknightinshiningtutu

    Thanks for reading! It certainly IS an epidemic, and starting unbelievably early for girls who don’t even know how to spell anorexia. …Maybe this is selfish to say, but glad you were as appalled by these stats as I was!



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