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9/2/10 11:25 A

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I know the Diet Industry is Big Business and it is on the Stock Exchange so this means they are making $$$$ we see loads of Advertisements everywhere encouraging us to look in magazines at Celebs on Fad Diets all the time. Skinny Celebs sometimes a size zero are starving themselves to stay so thin, some models in magazines are anorexic and you hear they have calapsed and died. Why doesn't the government step in and ban such ludicrous advertising of unrealistic diets/diet pills which lead to health scares/ridiculous ideals in society/excessive air brushing in magazines has been around since movies began.
Many Celebs are coming out now about unrealistic attitudes about weight in society and some teenage magazines are leading the way to reform no longer advertising fad diets.
Health should always be the main concern and I know women for decades now have aspired to be thin ever since advertising went major in the 60's.
What can we do to change our own distorted body image or bad dieting habits?
Thankfully most people don't have black or white attitudes when it comes to dieting but we all feel the pressures of trying to stay fit and healthy sometimes...just something to think about the next time we put ourselves down..

8/29/10 7:54 A

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We are all reminded everyday on TV/Magazines, Advertising is BIG BUSINESS $$$$$ for diets,pills,underweight models glamorising thin is best, for encouraging us all to aquire bad eating habits and an unhealthy body image...

I am trying to motivate everyone with WHAT motivates me, I am sharing what little knowledge and information I have to hand to inspire people in the hope that I can help with the crisis with distorted information about ideal weight, fad diets, food issues and overcoming the battle of obesity in our heavily consumerist society.

Make waves, tell officials that you want CHANGES to be made so that children today have BETTER school dinners, better informed choices about their diet and what to eat, less emphasis on skinny in magazines for teenagers, less fad diets in magazines and a more balanced reading for all of us, non biased views about diet.

The DIET INDUSTRY is BIASED because it is making $$$$$ on the STOCK EXCHANGE, it is BIG BUSINESS so it should only be health advice given by the professionals, doctors giving advice, NOT SLIM-FAST, SLIMMING PILLS ON SUPERMARKET SHELVES AND IN MAGAZINES/TV, HERBAL REMEDIES, etc etc

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The School Lunch Dilemma Article:

The Healthy School Lunch Campaign, sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), is dedicated to improving the food served to children in schools by educating government and school officials, food service workers, parents, and others about the food choices best able to promote children’s current and long-term health.

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8/27/10 6:15 P

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Leading the way forward for teen magazines not promoting unhealthy image and dieting...

Teen Mag Editor Promotes Healthy Body Image

By Carol Lee

WEnews correspondent

Saturday, March 2, 2002

More than 2 million teen-age and pre-teen girls turn to YM for advice on boys, beauty and fashion. But thanks to new editor Christina Kelly, readers looking for diet tips will have to go elsewhere.

Christina Kelly

NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)--When millions of teenage girls page through this month's issue of YM magazine, what they read--stories like "Girls' Night Out" and "Cat Got Your Tongue? It's Hard Being Shy"--may be less noteworthy than what they don't read. There is not a single dieting story, tip or "how to." Nor will there ever be as long as Christina Kelly is in charge.

Kelly, 39, publicly announced last month her decision to ban dieting stories and to feature larger-size models in YM, which has 2.3 million readers. Her announcement came four months after her promotion to editor in chief of YM from executive editor. But Kelly says the policy unofficially began her first day on the job.

"I always had this belief that as soon as I became editor in chief, diet stories would be gone," Kelly says. "I'm really aware of the body-image issue."

Although they won't formally know about the changes until they read the editor's note in the April issue, readers and their parents have already noticed them. Rebecca Onion, who edits the letters section of the magazine, says she has sifted through volumes of grateful correspondence from readers who used to balk at skinny YM models.

"I knew people would agree with me. I just didn't know how many," Kelly says.

Not everyone agrees. One former YM photographer refused to shoot anyone who wasn't a size four or six. So YM doesn't work with her anymore. The fashion editor of the magazine has also struggled to find models of all shapes and sizes, says Kelly. Apparently, her efforts have paid off: The February issue features a size 14 model.

"We want the girls to reflect our readers," says Kelly. Indeed, when Kelly publicized YM's pursuit of larger models in a recent television interview, she was deluged with unsolicited photographs of enthusiastic readers.

Advertisers have been supportive as well, although Kelly says their reaction was not a factor in her decision. "If parents and readers are happy then advertisers are happy. And parents and readers are happy," says Kelly.

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8/27/10 6:04 P

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Kelly Brook says airbrushing should be labelled

Kelly Brook says if people are being digitally slimmed down in photos then a clear warning should appear.

Her comments come as fresh calls are made for airbrushed photos to be clearly labelled.

The Girl Guides are petitioning the government to bring in new laws. The organisation says half of 16 to 21-year-old girls consider cosmetic surgery.

Brook was speaking at the launch of her new poster campaign in London.

She said: "If people are being slimmed down in photographs then I think that should definitely be pointed out because you don't want to portray something that is unrealistic and unachievable to young teenage girls."

She admitted the picture in her new billboard advert was "probably" airbrushed.
Government action

It follows concern last month from Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone.

She said she wanted either the practice of airbrushing ended, or labels introduced to show where images have been altered.

The eating disorder charity Beat is also supporting the call for more clarity about airbrushed pictures.
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I guess I'm not a typical 5'10 skinny supermodel, I'm 5'6 I'm curvy, I've got real boobs - that hang! I'm just normal

Kelly Brook

Susan Ringwood from the group said: "We know the difference it would make to all young people's self esteem and body confidence if they could be sure which of the images they see are natural and true to life."

'Unnaturally perfect'

Brook went on to say that any label at the bottom of photos saying 'this is airbrushed' should be "small".

"Airbrushing has been around since the '50s. It's what Hollywood was built on and I'm a big fan of Hollywood and that whole era."

She said her own looks were perfectly normal: "I guess I'm not a typical 5'10 skinny supermodel, I'm 5'6 I'm curvy, I've got real boobs - that hang! I'm just normal."

But Liz Burnley of Girlguiding UK said young girls feel "profound" pressure to conform to a particular body image and "unobtainable ideals".

She said: "We are proud to support the calls of our members who believe that it is time that the Prime Minister addressed their concerns and acted in the interests of girls and young women across the country."

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8/27/10 6:41 A

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I agree about society promoting thinness to the detriment of many women. I grew up thinking it was okay to be a little plump, until one day someone called me "fat chocolate." That bothered me, and all these years later it still tweaks me. When I look back at the pictures from that period of time, I wasn't fat ... but because those little seeds had been dropped along the way, I became self concious. I am a performer, I have a talent, but I know I've turned down many opportunities because i was concious of how I looked -- "am I not skinny enough, is my hair long enough, am I petite enough, does my butt look big in this dress, how to my legs look from that angle, what do all these people think about me when I'm on stage," and it goes on and on. The best gift we can give our kids in this day and age is to let them know that we accept them as they are and help them to maintain healthy eating habits, take an interest in what they put in their mouths, and if they ask you to exercise or play with them ... do it!

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8/26/10 9:16 P

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"The media create this wonderful illusion-but the amount of airbrushing that goes into those beauty magazines, the hours of hair and makeup! It's impossible to live up to, because it's not real."
- Actress Jennifer Aniston for Vanity Fair, May 2001

Does anyone ever think about how the overload of these images in the media affects the average woman? Well, for most women it doesn't exactly have a positive effect. In fact, the idea of the media's (and consequently, everybody else's) "ideal" woman often makes "normal" woman self-conscious -- even if they have nothing to be self-conscious about.

8/26/10 9:15 P

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Magazines and tv they are all making billions of dollars off of womens DIET AND HEALTH CONSCIOUS CONSUMERISM.
PEOPLE buy the magazines and follow the skinny celebrities
They are AFFECTING womens self esteem, they always say when interviewd that 'ITS WHAT THE READERS WANT 'EH, DO WE?
THE IMAGES our kids look at of victoria beckham, katie price, katie holmes, list is endless, our kids start thinking from an early age that you are only POPULAR + ATTRACTIVE if you are SUPERSLIM!

Thankfully most of us don't look at it in black and white terms!

What is your view?

8/26/10 7:29 P

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Does anyone ever think about how the overload of these images in the media affects the average woman? Well, for most women it doesn't exactly have a positive effect. The idea of the media's (and consequently, everybody else's) "ideal" woman often makes "normal" woman self-conscious -- even if they have nothing to be self-conscious about.

8/26/10 6:43 P

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I have nothing against thinness/fatness.
Everyone should be happy with who they are, if you want to lose/gain weight it shouldnt be because you want to feel more confident or be a better person, the size of someone doesnt change who they are!
So if you are feeling insecure because society puts pressure on all of us to look a certain way then dont succumb any more! dont buy the skinny celeb culture!
dont put a price on who you are based on your weight!!

How do teenagers react to the pressures?

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