Aspiring To Anorexia

Uh, remember that little segment on the Today show yesterday? Something having to do with, oh, women and body image and magazines that do brutal retouching jobs on their cover subjects thus inspiring self-hatred and impossible standards of beauty — all in the name of "industry standards"? Yeah, we caught that segment too! And remember how Men's Health editor David Zinczenko and that psychologist kept saying that it's totally okay that magazines do this, because everyone knows that said magazines are "aspirational"? Well the word 'aspirational' is only two letters removed from 'inspirational', Mr. Zinczenko, especially with regards to young girls.

According to a new study just released in the U.K., of 70,000 school-age children, 40% of 14-to-15-year old girls admitted they aren't eating breakfast and 25% of those girls are also not eating lunch because over 50% of them listed their appearance as their number one concern in life.

Dr David Regis, research manager at the SHEU, said in-depth interviews with participants suggested media images of superslim celebrities and models such as Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss and Nicole Richie fuelled the obsession with weight. "Dissatisfaction with their bodies often seems to originate from, or is certainly accentuated by, celebrity culture and the print media and magazines," he said.
We rest our case.

Starvation diet of schoolgirls aiming for supermodel size [Daily Mail UK]
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