- 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?
NYC.com 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 aThe 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 pictures88% of girls feel the need to “look perfect”
influenced their idea of the perfect body shape and 47% of them wanted
to lose weight because of these ads.
Over 8 million people in the USA are anorexic, bulimic or have eating disordersThe 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.
- 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)
- "Skinny has reached a new all time low."
Cortland, Psychology Graduate
- 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.
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