What would you do if you know that your 15 years old daughter is on a starvation diet to shed off those ‘invisible’ pounds? If I was the parent then it means that I need to put extra effort in explaining the difference between being slim and being healthy, and I would probably have to spend hours arguing with my daughter too.

That’s the issue that many parents in UK are facing now. Approximately 1 from 3 British teenage girls is currently on starvation diet and insisting that they follow a healthy diet according to a recent story in Yahoo.



Research said that those teenage girls risk themselves on starvation diet in quest to become slim.

A national study shows 37% of girls aged 13-18 admit to eating less than 1200 calories a day in a bid to slim, 40% less than they need.
And while fewer boys diet, almost a quarter admit to limiting themselves to fewer than 800 calories


800 calories are really way too low for teenage girls who still need tons of nutrition to grow. 800 calories a day means that those girls are on starvation crash diet for fast weight loss result.

I don’t want to sound like sour grapes but in my opinion this is the result of many beauty industries marketing campaign which always feature woman as being beautiful and slender. As a result more and more teenage girls seem to think that if they are not beautiful and slender then they are not woman.

I like the “Dove Onslaught” campaign which bears the tag line: “talk to your daughter before the beauty industry does.” Although I don’t believe in Dove’s pure motive to educate young girls (they exist in the beauty industry too), but I like the message which is sent through the campaign.

Parents need to develop a stronger relationship with their daughter so that at least their influence can fend off the beauty industry influence.



via Yahoo

6 comments:

  1. evelyn said...

    Long time no see this blog.
    Cute themes for this.
    So i don't know why many people always want to be thin?
    So silly

  2. Brian said...

    Well let's take a look at their parents. I wouldn't be surprised if their parents have tried the starvation diet also in the past.

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  4. Kelly said...

    I really hope the government will put more effort in educating the young generation regarding self esteem and beauty. It takes more than a slim body and pretty face actually to be called beautiful. For me, it's the way I feel more aware of my health and doing my best in order to preserve it.

  5. Soju said...

    Talk to your children before the beauty industry does. That's a good line from Dove. I love Dove products and commercials, they always use a distinct trademark. I remember that there was a commercial by Dove which emphasizes the true meaning of beauty by using an elder lady as the endorser.

  6. curryegg said...

    Hello cherry.
    How are you? Looks like I've missed a lot of your posts.

    About this issue, it's really serious and actions should be taken...



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