Women Are Dying to be Thin [infographic]

September 9, 2012 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle, Social Media

Well hey y’all. Rachel here—you will be seeing my posts once a week while Diego is busy working for the Man. I am so excited to be doing this, so thank you for allowing me to be a part of your community! For my first post EVER on dailyinfographic, I have something that shows not only a topic that I am interested in, but something I hope you lovely people will be able to recognize shows something about the society in which we live.

Eating disorders. Some might think that the only ones who are affected by these deathly issues are ballerinas. But let’s face it folks, in a society that demands perfection, women and men have unrealistic standards that most die trying to live up to, and the correct weight is just one of them. The way women’s bodies are displayed in the media is degrading enough, but the bodies that wear the clothes that end up on our Amazon Wish Lists are different from all of ours—if one is not genetically tall and skinny, they are most definitely not images produced from (perhaps multiple) images on Photoshop.

Brené Brown Ph.D. has studied perfectionism through her research on vulnerability and shame and tells those who are willing to listen that, “Finding the courage, compassion and connection to move from ‘What will people think?’ to ‘I am enough,’ is not easy”. But hopefully with this infographic you can keep these words in mind while viewing just one way our society puts unattainable expectations into the minds of young women.

Even if you are not a woman or otherwise feel that this issue does not have an impact on you, I challenge you to allow this information to affect you and reflect on the cultural expectations that are present within the U.S.A. today. Hope you have a great Sunday and remember that it should be a fun day! [via]

Brown, Brené. (2010). “Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect”. CNN. Retrieved September 8, 2012, from http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/11/01/give.up.perfection/index.html



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  • Angela

    I will never eat again, because no will ever love you if you are overweight at all. No one will even talk to you. It does not matter than I helped design the hubble space telescope or anything else, it does not matter that I have two college degrees in engineering and math. Nothing else matters because all I want out of life is to be loved and all the men I see abuse me because they know I am desperate because I was 40 lbs overweight. I have some sort of cirrhosis of the liver and I had a biopsy and it will not heal because refuse to eat. I would rather die than eat and I will, and no one will remember me, no one will care, no one will notice and I will die alone because I allowed myself to eat once a day and it was not enough to loose the extra weight. I am 5’8″ and weigh 140 pounds and I will die over this, the media starting the self hate and it just continues to get worse. I am in counseling but the counselor is a size zero woman who asks me to eat but will not eat even one piece of chocolate herself. She has a boyfriend and freinds but I never will. Young women never eat food.