An important issue is raised that is the root cause of eating disorders, which afflicts four times as many women as breast cancer. Among the many sensitive issues touched on were:
- Girls in their teens and preteens have body image issues
- It is unusual to find a girl who is unconcerned with looking like the ‘perfect’ models in magazines and other media.
- Women actually struggle to be some mythical shape and size; it is a battle that never ends
- The idea is to make women, particularly young girls that thin is not an ideal and healthy
- When a question is asked “would you rather gain a hundred pounds or lose a hand” the answer is not immediate or obvious. It is shocking that girls have to actually needed time to think!
- Barbie is completely unrealistic, and model pictures are usually digitally enhanced. These factors in modern culture can be really misleading.
- The focus unfortunately, is on being thin rather than on studies and on being healthy.
- It is important to realize that thin is not equal to healthy; though there are ‘thin’ messages all around.
- A positive body image is inextricably linked with self esteem and consequently eating disorders.