i have always been addicted to reading graphs in newspapers...i dunno why i just always have been...sometimes they are fun but this one i saw today was kinda sad and depressing and says far too much about how the media and advertisers can make young people incredibly self-conscious about themselves:
42% of first through third grade girls want to be thinner.
81% of ten year old girls are afraid of getting fat.
The average American woman is 5' 4" tall and weighs 140 pounds.
The average American model is 5' 11" tall and weighs 117 pounds.
Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women.
These came from today's (at least I think it was today's) New York Times and the stats come from the National Eating Disorders Association.