Apparently the University of Central Florida did a study in 2009 with girls aged 3-6 years old and over half of the respondents said they worried about their weight and about becoming fat.
According to NEDA hospitalizations for children under the age of 12 years old doubled between 2000 and 2006.
And last week ABC talked to a 6-year-old little girl in Texas who said she gets called fat by her peers, worries about her weight, and wants to lose weight, despite the fact that her doctor says that her BMI is normal and she is not at risk for being overweight.
I can’t even begin to describe how saddened and deeply concerned this news makes me. As someone who is a recovering anorexic I can see how these sorts of comments and the pressure that society puts on people (especially women) to be skinny could lead to children developing eating disorders. I also can’t imagine being that little girl’s mother and hearing her ask these questions about her weight and being obsessed with it at a young age. That would be so heart-breaking.
Something has to change. Society has to change. Weight should not be such a big issue. Everyone is beautiful, no matter their weight and people need to stop encouraging weight discrimination, especially to the point that young children are getting the message that being skinny is the OMG BEST THING EVER and start obsessing about their weight.
Here’s the article: