But is positive self-talk enough?
The story of most significance to the health and wellbeing of girls this issue is the reporting of results of a survey of 1000 of Girlfriend’s readers who were asked how they felt about their appearance.
Among the findings are:
25% don’t like what they see in the mirror
Only 9% “proud of the way you look” (‘proud’ seems an odd word to use in the survey, given GF a page before tells us genetics means we can’t help how we look)
45% have been on a diet, 56% have skipped meals, 35% have cut out a food group, 19% have thrown up after eating
32% have overexercised
45% know someone who’s been diagnosed with an eating disorder, 5% of readers surveyed have an eating disorder
67% said they feel bad when they compare themselves to their friends
65% said they feel “self-conscious” about their bodies
96% wanted to change a body part (69% wanted to change their stomachs)
94% say there’s room for improvement when it comes to how they feel about their appearance’, 66% of those said losing weight would help.
75% have been victims of negative comments made about their bodies
What strikes me about the three page feature is that there is no critique of the culture which sends girls toxic messages about themselves. There’s no mention of the growing body of research that point to, for example, media representations which objectify women and girls as a significant factor in body image issues.
No mention of the National Body Image Advisory Group report (Girlfriend’s editor sat on the advisory group) and recommendations which appear to have made little difference. Read entire article at Generation Next blog.