Body- Image Facts and Figures
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06-30-11 Category: Physical Health

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  • In one study, 3 out of 4 women interviewed said they were overweight, although only 1 out of the 4 actually was
  • Four out of five women in the U.S. admit they are dissatisfied with their appearance
  • 81% of ten year old girls admit to being afraid of being fat
  • 42% of first thru third grade girls stated they wanted to be thinner
  • One study found that adolescent girls were more afraid of gaining weight than of getting cancer or losing their parents
  • Over half of normal weight, white, adolescent girls perceive themselves as being fat
  • Pre-school children, offered dolls identical in every respect except weight, chose the thin doll in 9 out of 10 instances
  • A study asking children to assign attractiveness values to pictures of children with a variety of disabilities found that participants found an obese child less attractive than a child in a wheelchair, with a facial deformity or missing a limb
  • One study found that women overestimate the size of their hips by 16% and their waists by 25%, even though they could correctly estimate the width of a box
  • A survey in Glamour magazine found that 61% of those surveyed said they were ashamed of their hips, 64% were ashamed of their stomachs and 72% were ashamed of their thighs
  • In a survey, 30% of women chose an ideal body shape 20% underweight. An additional 44% chose an ideal body shape 10% underweight
  • Poor body image is one of the first evidenced symptoms of an eating disorder

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