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Girls as Young as Eight Victims in Thin Craze - Australia


Society & Culture  (tags: australia, weight, children, girls, teenagers, health, doctors, hospital )

Chrissy
- 2539 days ago - news.com.au
GIRLS as young as eight are falling victim to the size zero fashion phenomenon with a 50 per cent increase in children being admitted with life-threatening eating disorders in the last eight years. With one expert naming January as "panic month," doctors



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K. A. Hilliker (293)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 1:00 am
I'm not sure how this issue will ever be squelched....way too many much-admired models, stars, role-models for our young girls continue to be deathly-thin, and we, as adults, still insist upon placing way too much value on what we look like. It's a sad and deadly cycle.
 

Chrissy N. (118)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 1:11 am
It's even more disturbing that the other half of the kids are obese! Our eldest granddaughter will be 13 later this year and she is genetically thin ... adn I mean a beanpole. But that doesn't stop her "watching what she eats, even though she could eat her way through a cake shop and a pie shop for that matter and not put on an ounce. Her younger sister is a good shape and weight for her turning 10 in April, but both sister and Mum are always letting her know that she eats too much ... even though there is only 1 afternoon a week that they don't play some sport or other! I get so cranky with my daughter. She tried saying "Don't eat/feed her too much" to me first time they came and stayed by themselves and I said it was a grandmas' right to feed them what she wanted while under my roof. She knows I'm right, so didn't fight it, but once home, started again.
 

. (0)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 6:31 am
I am in a similar situation with the size of my granddaughters, Chrissy but luckily their eating is not an issue with them . My daughter is very thin but deliberately tries to stay that way by eating very little which is a constant concern to me. My 12 year old granddaughter is so thin and eats everything and anything she wants and so far, is not concerned with her weight and what she eats. Her 9 year old sister is a good weight for her height although she would not be considered thin. My daughter and oldest granddaughter have been very good about not commenting or teasing the youngest about her weight so I am hoping that neither of the girls will grow up unhappy with their natural genetically disposition towards their size.
Noted with thanks, Chrissy. This is an important issue that seems to affect children at a younger age with each new generation.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 8:02 am
Thanks Chrissy.
 

. (0)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 8:42 am
I too know how the world treats people who are large or thin and this is a shame, for its peer persure on them. My sister has always fought weight problems and I have seen the looks people give!!! This discusses me to the max for she is a diabetic. Children now days see to much thiness on tv and advirtisment to think your going to be beautiful this is total wrong. People just need to be there self and stop putting so much pesure on them. Than you Chrissy N. noted
 

. (0)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 8:42 am
I too know how the world treats people who are large or thin and this is a shame, for its peer persure on them. My sister has always fought weight problems and I have seen the looks people give!!! This discusses me to the max for she is a diabetic. Children now days see to much thiness on tv and advirtisment to think your going to be beautiful this is total wrong. People just need to be there self and stop putting so much pesure on them. Than you Chrissy N. noted
 

. (0)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 8:43 am
I too know how the world treats people who are large or thin and this is a shame, for its peer persure on them. My sister has always fought weight problems and I have seen the looks people give!!! This discusses me to the max for she is a diabetic. Children now days see to much thiness on tv and advirtisment to think your going to be beautiful this is total wrong. People just need to be there self and stop putting so much pesure on them. Than you Chrissy N. noted
 

FreeSpirit Running (324)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 9:08 am
Oh, dear..this is not a good thing..as young as 8 now..gosh I had an obsession with that but it started at about 17...i still do, but I deal with it better now that I am older..Peer pressure is everywheres, from magazines, to TV ads, to actresses, to the girl next door, the girls on the beaches, its all over, its up to the parents to pay attention to anything that resembles any kind of eating disorders...really pay attention, cause these girls are crying out for help...that's way to young to be obsessed with being thin...I will pray for these young ladies, that they get self-assurance and self-confidence in themselves to fight any eating disorder...
Thank you Berstromjoy for forwarding, my sweet igido, and Wado (ty) also to Chrissy..noted with high hopes for these young ladies...You will be accepted for who you are no matter what your weight is dear hearts, it's what is in your heart & soul that counts...don't listen to society, the people that down you if your heavier, that's their problem, not yours..Accept who you are, and everyone will accept you.....love ya's..
FreeSpiritRunning....
 

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 11:20 am
Parents allow their children to live in fron tof the television anymore. Magazines, and media sway our children too mcuh. We were blessed I suppose becuse our kids never took much interest in tv, but took to music instead. Neither could set down for more than just a few minutes at a time to watch anything....instead they were into their music that they shared with us, and out with friends and family doing family things...
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 12:13 pm
And we're exporting this craziness with our US pop culture.....
 

Jaclin S. (230)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 12:40 pm
Noted/forwarding
 

Jeffrey N. (10)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 1:07 pm
What a shame. We spend to much emphasis on our looks and not our health. These kids need there body's to build strength and bone structure to survive life long journey ahead of them.
 

William Synnott (3)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 1:11 pm
it is happening in this country all the timer. look around you. look at your children and at the children in your church you own ids playmates . you will always find one or two.
 

Carolyn T. (234)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 1:18 pm
Noted. The obsession starts young. I know some mothers who encourage it because it saves on clothing cost! Yet, developing early awareness of HEALTHY EATING and the benefit of life-long exercise and weight control is important. Visit your local schools who raise money by allowing franchises in their cafeterias. Just take a look at the food choices offered and promoted. Don't let anyone tell you that "they just won't eat the regular school food"--they will if the school district supplements allowance and spends money on good tasting, nutritious meals and snacks. When one child sees another eating well, it is a catchable habit. I would like to muzzle family and friends who comment on a child's weight, particularly during puberty.
 

Michael Angel (58)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 9:04 pm
How about a survey to find out if boys like thin girls.
My bet is that they don't.
This may change young female attitudes to "beauty."
Certainly something needs to be done.
 

Chrissy N. (118)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 9:49 pm
Jeff assures me that most "normal" males prefer a woman with a bit of meat on her bones. lol
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 10, 2008, 5:28 pm
Sigh... You'd think so, huh Chrissy? Are they brain-washed into thinking that we all have to look like Vogue models? Because if showing normal women in 'girlie' mags sold the magazines, that's what they'd publish. What the hell?
 

Heather P. (18)
Wednesday January 16, 2008, 6:38 pm
I remember the first time I learned that there was a time when women with curves were attractive. Personally, I like to sit on cushions instead of sticks. I'm curvy and proud. =] To bad others can't feel the way I do (and no I'm not obese)

Thanks Kathy.
 
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