The average American
woman is 5’-4", weighs 140 pounds and wears a size 14 dress.
The "ideal" woman portrayed by models, Miss America, Barbie
dolls, and screen actresses is 5’-7", weighs 100 pounds and
wears a size 8.
of all Americans wear a size 16 or larger.
of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance; 50% of
American women are on a diet at any one time.
90 and 95% of reducing diets fail to produce long-term weight loss.
A full 2/3 of
dieters regain the weight within one year, virtually all regain
it within five years.
The diet industry,
which includes diet foods, diet programs and diet drugs, takes in
over $40 billion each year and is still growing; quick weight-loss
schemes are among the most common consumer frauds, and diet programs
have the highest customer dissatisfaction of any service industry.
girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war,
cancer, or losing their parents.
of 9-year-old girls and 80% of 10-years-old girls have dieted; 90%
of junior and senior high school female students diet regularly,
even though only between ten and fifteen percent are over the weight
recommended by the standard weight charts.
of teenage girls and 5% of college-age women become anorexic or
bulimics report that the onset of their disorder occurred while
they were dieting.*
has the highest mortality rate, up to 20 %, of any psychiatric diagnosis.
Girls develop eating and self-image problems before drug or alcohol
problems. There are drug and alcohol programs in almost every school
but no eating disorder programs.
from 1996 Council on Size and Weight Discrimination for Mount Mary,
Voice, published by The Body Shop