More than 40% of women have a negative body image, according to a 2009 survey by Glamour Magazine. And is it any wonder? From the classic Barbie doll-who, were she a real person, would tip the scales at 110 pounds-to the fashion models filling the pages of magazines with their typically 110-pound, 5-foot, 9-inch frames, images of pin-thin women are everywhere. Meanwhile, the odds that a woman aged 20-29 weighs less than 130 pounds are just 1 in 3.1. For women in their thirties, those odds decrease to 1 in 4.41.
Women and girls spend a lot of time worrying about weight-and the media spends a lot of energy telling them why they should. High profile weight-loss programs such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and the television show "The Biggest Loser" all send women scrambling to their scales. Fashion and beauty magazines are filled with slim-down strategies and "before and after" photos. One study found that 69% of adolescent girls surveyed reported that magazine pictures informedRead More »from Weighing in on womenâ€™s body image