You can Never be to Rich or to....Thin?

Quote by Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. Such attitudes and trains of thought about the thinner you are the prettier you are, are just the catalysts that has kept the slogan "thin is in" alive and kicking. This especially holds true for the models and actors that are constantly splattered across our main stream media outlets. Gorgeous, rich and thin they are but realistic? Most would argue not so much. The constant exposure of these god like flawless creatures to our highly impressionable youth may be proving to be a recipe for disaster.


  1. 60% of American women wear size 14 and higher. That’s over 50 million women! according to American Demographics

    Did you know the average American woman is 5-foot-4 and weighs over 140 pounds and is a size 14? reports that each of us is exposed to 400-600 ads per day, an average of 40-50 million by age 60. 97% of the ads feature a woman in a
    degrading image.

    The average weight of models in these ads weigh 23% less than the average woman; 20 years ago the difference was only 8%.

    69% of girls reported (in a media study) that magazine pictures
    influenced their idea of the perfect body shape and 47% of them wanted
    to lose weight because of these ads.

    88% of girls feel the need to “look perfect”

    Over 8 million people in the USA are anorexic, bulimic or have eating disorders

    The average woman’s dress size is 14 and the average mannequin’s dress size is 6 or lower.

        Statistics such as these draw attention to the bottom line.  The difference between what the average women does look like, and how the media portrays what she should look like, do not equate.  With these unrealistically sized women as role models teens are more then likely getting the wrong signal about what is healthy and so called normal.  

  2. In a sample study of Stanford graduate and undergraduate students, 68% felt worse about their own appearance after looking through a woman's magazine.
          (Body Image & Advertising: Dittrich, L. "About- Face Facts on the Media." op.cit)
  3. Body Image Statistics
  4. "Skinny has reached a new all time low."
            Cortland, Psychology Graduate
  5. As the bar for thin keeps being raised more and more people are now beginning to speak out.  Models and actresses such as Bar Refaeli, Kristen Bell and Ellen Degeneres have been using a variety of media outlets to express their concerns about these super skinny role models and the effects of media on negative body image. 
  6. The Psychology of Beauty - Media affects body image
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