Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The feeding frenzy

More stories about the need to control children's bodies today. Apparently, having a strict mother makes you fat:
A new study found that disciplinarian women ended up with six-year-olds who were nearly five times more likely to be overweight than the children of those who treated their offspring with flexibility and respect but also set clear rules.
On the other hand, teenage girls think they're fat when they're not:

The lives of thousands of teenage school girls are being blighted by unfounded worries about their weight, according to the most comprehensive health education survey, published yesterday.

Nearly 60 per cent of girls aged 12 to 15 described themselves as overweight when only 15 per cent met the medical criteria for excess body fat.

The findings prompted the Schools Health Education Unit, which carries out the annual survey, to issue an appeal for an end to the "obsession" with skeletal body shapes in the media and fashion

It strikes us that it's not just the fashion industry that needs to end its obsession.


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