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My Body Stories Always Something To Dislike
At almost 30, I realize, no matter what, I have never been happy with my body. There is always something I hate. I grew up being very, very thin. I have IBS, and it was especially bad in my youth/teenage years so eating almost always made me nauseous. I had a high metabolism and good genes. When I was a kid, looking at photos now especially, at times I looked scary thin. 
Still See My 180 lb Girl
I grew up in a part of the country where being overweight is commonplace. About a year ago, I moved to Los Angeles with big dreams and a bigger waistline than I wanted. I was 183 lbs. For my 5'7" frame it was a little heavier than healthy and working on set was miserable; the long days of lifting were near torture. Don't even get me started on the social pressures of being surrounded by models and actresses everywhere I went. I knew I needed to make a change if I wanted to achieve my career goal.
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Guess the Weight Quiz Behind the Scenes
My Body Gallery recently launched a new website feature: the “Guess the Weight” quiz. In this game, users can test their capacity to determine body weight from a random selection of images that have been uploaded into the database. A player selects a weight, and then engages in 3 rounds of play. Each round features 5 images, only one of which is the target weight. At the end of the 3 rounds, players get their results and can view the images from all rounds.
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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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