Tuesday, May 23, 2006

what are we doing to our kids?

an education group has hired me to write several articles about eating disorders. i've been doing a lot of research this afternoon and just came across this:
"a 1997 study of eight and nine-year olds found that 13% of girls and 10% of boys reported 'always' being on a diet.. and of them.. 11% reported intentionally throwing up after eating at least half the time"

my god
eight and nine year old kids.
what are we doing to our kids
worse than being a society that devours it's young, we're pushing them 'till they devour themselves. between the media and dysfunctional families and abuses, kids have such terrible body images that nearly half of all high school girls in a recent study described themselves as being overweight - yet only 12% actually were.
as we spend our time obsessing over the latest i-pod, sports car, job promotion, favorite sports teams, or whatever we're tying to do or have to "keep up with the Joneses", our kids are systematically killing themselves.
we claim that we're working toward a better tomorrow, but what good is a better tomorrow if there's no one left who's healthy enough to claim it and enjoy it?
our media capitalizes on and perpetuates our obsession with the ultra-thin, regardless of how unhealthy it is. girls are only attractive if they're a size 2 and boys are only "hot" if they've got chiseled arms and a "six-pack". Hollywood rakes in millions deifying men and women who aren't even healthy. and our kids are picking up on it.
and it's disgusting.
we live in a society that says "how you look defines who you are", when nothing could be farther from the truth.

what are we doing to our kids? and who's going take responsibility for the inevitable fallout that will occur as these kids grow up? who's going to take care of them when they've literally made themselves sick trying to look like the girl on the cover of Cosmo?

nine year old girls are making themselves throw up so they can look like that girl.
if you're reading this and you have anything to do with putting that girl on the cover of Cosmo, Vogue, or any other fashion magazine, television show, or movie... you should be ashamed. and too guilt ridden to sleep at night.


Blogger Jason Raitz said...

Hey, give me a call when you can, gotta talk with you.
Great posts by the way.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Joh said...

I really love your blog. I think the title is really beautiful. This post is important. I am a teacher of teenagers and it breaks my heart when I see them become frail because of misperceptions about themselves. You have another reader!

4:45 AM  

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