42% of 1st-3rd Grade Girls Want to be Thin…

28 Jun

And (to add to that) 81% of ten year olds are afraid of getting fat. Considering I have a fifth grader who just happens to be a girl, that scares me. She has watched me carefully sculpt a healthier routine and way of eating, but how she feels about her weight still sits in the back of my mind with every day that passes. She is tall and lanky, by far way more skinny than I ever was when I was her age (I wore a size 16-18), but knowing the images she is bombarded with on a daily basis has me worried.

Gemini Magazine was started because I hated seeing all of the skinny, perfectly smooth faces and bodies in every magazine on the rack, but I also kept in mind the millions of little girls and boys left to stare at their glossy pages too.  At the check out counter, while we fuss over our wallets and groceries, the children are left to stare at perfect faces and bodies on brightly colored glossy covers. We seldom think about the impact that has, but the masterminds behind Missrepresentation.org have it at the forefront of theirs.

MissRepresentation.org is a call-to-action campaign with the mission to empower women and girls to challenge labels (and their limitations) in order to realize their potential and transform our culture for the better.  Their latest endeavor is the Keep It Real Campaign which asks the major publication players to use at least one non-photoshopped image in every issue.

I cannot say that I am not in favor of Photoshop, because that would be lying. What I am not in favor of is the body manipulation that some publications green light. Publishing is a business, yes, but it is also an influencer. We should take that more seriously, and I personally pledge that Gemini Magazine will do just that.

Join MissRepresentation.org in making the larger publications accountable for their photoshopping actions.  Forty-two percent of girls from first through third grade wanting to be thin is forty-two percent too many.

For more information on the (3) day campaign, click here to visit Miss Representation on Facebook.

2 Responses to “42% of 1st-3rd Grade Girls Want to be Thin…”

  1. The Curvy Socialite June 28, 2012 at 3:07 PM #

    Reblogged this on The Curvy Socialite and commented:
    When I seed statistics like this I get sad. I know we should be working toward a healthy lifestyle especially with such a large percentage of the country considered obese, but how are we going about this? Instilling low self-esteem and poor body image leads to disordered eating (in either direction as an anorexic/bulimic or as an over-eater). We have to find a way of letting our little ones know that it’s all about being healthy and fit and that we are all beautiful in our own ways.

  2. datingchic3000 August 19, 2012 at 2:18 PM #

    Reblogged this on Dating Chic* and commented:
    Hey Chic Lovers! okay so this post is special to me. It deals with body image and the harmful effects it has on our young women. Did little research and came across information that BMI Mass Index is not for all… If the BMI Mass Index was developed in a Caucasian context… and It is less accurate in non-white populations…why do doctors use this same index on minorities knowing that it is inaccurate? How can minorities fight the war on obesity if there is not even a scale to assess our body fat properly? …..Leading minorities to strive for something that wasn’t designed FOR US… because doing so would definitely be enough to cause discouragement..

    It is extremely sad that society puts such pressure on children..time for change!!!


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