ABC News recently reported that nearly half of all three- to six-year-old girls worry about being fat. According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, Girls attribute media and fashion to the pressure to be thin. Nine in ten girls say the fashion industry (89%) and/or the media (88%) place a lot of pressure on teenage girls to be thin (Girls and Body Image, Girl Scouts of the USA/Girl Scout Research Institute, 2010).
Media isn't the only factor placing the pressure of beauty standards onto young girls. In an article titled, How to Talk to Little Girls, author Lisa Bloom explains that solely complementing little girls on their appearance often leads to an unbalanced perception. "Teaching girls that their appearance is the first thing you notice tells them that looks are more important than anything. It sets them up for dieting at age 5 and foundation at age 11 and boob jobs at 17 and Botox at 23," states bloom. "As our cultural imperative for girls to be hot 24/7 has become the new normal, American women have become increasingly unhappy.”
Do you ever catch yourself building girls up based on appearance instead of accomplishment?