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My Body Stories Mistaken for a Preteen
Society tells me my size makes me a bad person. I look in the mirror and I feel betrayed. I was promised breasts and curves and everything that comes standard to being a woman; I was promised that the bullying would stop when I got out of high school. Those promises were lies. Instead I'm 4'11", 43kg, flat-chested and resemble a slightly warped board. 
Wish Me Well
Today is a bad day, all determined by the number on the scale. I am 48 and have struggled with eating issues throughout my life. At age 12 I had anorexia severe enough for mom to take me to the doctor. I was never overweight until the past 7 years, where a combination of factors, aging, metabolism, and medical issues...combined to a 40 pound weight gain. I am 5'6 and weigh 198 pounds. I struggle, I wrestle, I battle with my size.
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The Perils of Vanity Sizing
One of the most popular links on the My Body Gallery Facebook page recently was an article about J. Crew’s move to roll out a new women’s size “000”. The reason for such a change is not that women are shrinking (quite the contrary…average height and weight continues to steadily climb) but that clothing manufacturers have over the past decade been engaging in a practice called “vanity sizing”—psychologically manipulating customers into feeling better about their bodies by changing the measurements on garments so that women who have not changed weight need to size down in order to find clothes that fit properly. One outcome of this misguided practice is that women at the low end of the size range no longer can find clothes small enough!
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Body Image Statistics
01/05/2010

Two out of five women and one out of five men would trade three to five years of their life to achieve their weight goals.

 

 

In 1970 the average age of a girl who started dieting was 14; by 1990 the average dieting age fell to 8.

 

A study found that women overestimate the size of their hips by 16% and their waists by 25%, yet the same women were able to correctly estimate the width of a box.

 

After viewing images of female fashion models, seven out of ten women felt more depressed and angry than prior to viewing the images.

 

The “ideal” woman - portrayed by models, Miss America, Barbie dolls, and screen actresses - is 5’5, weighs 100 pounds and wears a size 5.

 

Young girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer, or losing their parents.

 

One out of three women and one out of four men are on a diet at any given time. Two thirds of dieters regain the weight within one year and virtually all regain it within five years.

 

35% of occasional dieters progress into pathological dieting.

 

The diet industry (diet foods, diet programs, diet drugs, etc.) takes in over $40 billion each year and continues to grow.

 

30% of women chose an ideal body shape that is 20% underweight and an additional 44% chose an ideal body shape that is 10% underweight.

 

The average U.S. woman is 5’4” and weighs 140 pounds whereas the average U.S. model is 5’11” and weighs 117 pounds.

 

 

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