Young Women Becoming More Critical of Their Bodies
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:11 PM EDT
Researchers say many young women today are very critical about their bodies from constant messages from TV shows, magazines, movies and social media.
Studies show that six out of ten girls believe they would be happier with they were thing. A study in 2010 showed 35 percent of six to 12-year-olds have been on a least one diet.
From a young age, girls are bombarded with messages that make them feel they aren't pretty enough, not thin enough or not sexy enough. The messages are coming from the girls they watch on TV, the dolls they play with and their friends at school and online.
Sisters Lexie and Lindsay Kite, Ph.D. candidates at the University of Utah, study the effects of media message on perceptions of beauty. They are on a mission to help girls take back their beauty by countering cosmetic surgery billboards with billboards of their own. The Kite sisters have also started speaking across the country telling girls and their parents to reject all messages that make girls believe their bodies aren't good enough.
"This idea that from the time girls are very young, they learn from a media world that they are parts that need to be fixed," said Lexie.
Lindsay continued on saying, "we feel very passionately about helping women and girls to get past this state of self-objectification to get past being locked up in this prison of just thinking what we look like all the time."