We stumbled onto another good website today: about-face.org. About-Face equips women and girls with tools to understand and resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem and body image. On their website they explain WHY they do what they do:
Why We Do It
All the major studies point to the problem: Western culture’s emphasis on stereotypes of women and girls, and thinness as the beauty ideal, is a risk factor for depression, negative mood, and binge eating. In turn, dieting is linked with eating disorders. In addition,
- 95% of girls want to lose weight.
- Teenage girls who read articles about dieting are five times more likely to take extreme weight-loss measures five years later than girls who do not read such articles
- Body image and eating disturbances contribute to higher levels of depression in adolescent girls
- Women of color and Caucasian (white) women are equally likely to present symptoms of eating disorders such as bulimia and binge eating disorder