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Body image and the concern of Australian children: some implications for policies and practice. Interrelate........ a leading Australian provider of. counselling for individuals, couples, and families. parenting and relationship education.
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(Mission Australia National Survey of Young Australians – 2010)
Body image is the mental picture we have about the way we think we look. It’s how we feel about the size, shape, weight, and look of our bodies.
Body image disturbance is also a significant mental and physical health issue, resulting in disordered eating patterns, extreme weight control methods, excessive exercise, and substance abuse.
Problems with body image affect men and women. Most people face it at some stage of their life.
Boys face pressure to tone-up, muscle-up and look big, strong and tanned.
Girls face pressure to slim-down, tone-down and look petite and small.
Develops at birth
Our culture reinforces it – we learn it from family members, peers, media
Children are susceptible and vulnerable to external stimuli and media influences
A premium on staying thin
Obsessed: Young girls are growing up with a more negative body image than ever before.
“………Let me be empty and weightless and maybe I'll find some peace tonight”
Sarah McLachlan “In the arms of an Angel”
Same pose, same fonts, same boring ‘advice’ stories. Women are buying the same magazine every month!
Britney Spears has grown up right before our eyes. Who can forget the young star on the cover of Rolling Stones Magazine? The beautiful singer is known for her sexy, bikini abs.
Lately, Britney Spears’ fat has become news. Britney is not a young, teenager any more. The cheetos, frappucinos, and big gulps have caught up to her. Her ripped abs has been seen as more of a jelly belly. And rolls have gathered on her backside.
–Reuters news service
“The bulging belly she was flaunting was SO not hot.”
“She’s a tubby piece of shit”
–AOL blogger pinksodapop000THE SOLUTION?
Here are some pictures of just-wed Kate Middleton doing some last-minute preparations and arrangements for her wedding on Wednesday afternoon in London…
Responses to “Kate Middleton Candids”
By Daniel Johns/Silverchair
Please die Ana For as long as you're here, we're not You make the sound of laughter And sharpened nails seem softer And I need you now somehow And I need you now somehow
Open fire on the needs designed On my knees for you Open fire on my knees desires What I need from you
Imagine pageant In my head the flesh seems thicker Sandpaper tears corrode the film
And I need you now somehow And I need you now somehow
Open fire on the needs designed On my knees for you Open fire on my knees desires What I need from you
And you're my obsession I love you to the bones And Ana wrecks your life Like an Anorexia life
Open fire on the needs designed On my knees for you Open fire on my knees desiresWhat I need from you
Open fire on the needs designed Open fire on my knees desiresOn my knees for you
They pull up their chairs to the tableShe stares at the food on her plateAt the toast and the butterHer father, her mother, she pushes away
And they rise in the morningAnd they sleep in the darkAnd even though nobody’s lookingShe’s falling apart
She gets home from school too earlyAnd closes the door to her roomThere’s nothing inside herShe’s weak and she’s tired of feeling like this
25% of males are on a weight loss diet at any given time
Worry about being muscular, that means over-exercising and the use of dangerous and illegal drugs (like steroids) are on the rise.
A negative body image encourages a range of self-destructive behaviours like:
- eating disorders (1 in 10 people with anorexia is now male), 4% of men are purging (vomiting or exercising compulsively, also known as bulimia), about 3% of men have problems with binge eating.
- exercise dependence (around 20% of regular exercisers are addicted to exercise, either psychologically or physically).
- steroid abuse (around 3% of Australian teenage boys use muscle enhancing drugs like steroids).
Better Health 15/5/2011
Some of the factors that contribute to a negative body image include:
Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria 2011
“This is the problem. The fatter we get, the more acceptable it becomes to society. There are so many disgusting fat people out there, just go to your local shopping centre and see giant mum and dad with little fat kids following. I see women in beauty parlours getting their toenails manicured. What's the point, their guts are so big, they won’t see the results. Work on your body, not on your feet. It’s assault to my eyes. I have no shame laughing in their face, they deserve it. Stop making bigger clothes, ambulances, plane seats, and make them suffer in embarrassment and stay indoors until they look normal. Fat people suck”
-AP, in response to an article by Sue Dunlevy
in the Sydney Morning Herald
The aversion toward chubbiness has been shown to begin at a very young age. According to research conducted in 2009 by the University of Central Florida and reported in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, nearly half of three- to- six year old girls worry about being fat.
Body image and weight studies have shown that negative attitudes towards children who are considered “overweight” and “fat” in general have been detected in children as young as preschool-age children.
Here’s some study results in a nutshell:
Clearly, children have accepted the stereotypes about body size and weight perpetuated by society by five years of age.
In a teen’s world, words have tremendous power. Here are thirteen terms that have become a part of the daily body-bashing lexicon.
Tits on a Stick
Fat Chicks (also called Thick Chicks)
Midsized Fat Chicks
Supersized Fat Chicks
…………it is known as ‘sexualisation’
sexualisation of children in contemporary
Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communication and the Arts
Summary of main findings
The values implicit in sexualised images are that physical appearance and beauty are intrinsic to self esteem and social worth, and that sexual attractiveness is a part of childhood experience. Sexualisation occurs when:
(Australian Psychological Society, 2008)
I stumbled across this article and I nearly rolled out of my chair in disgust that a set of mothers would actually design high heeled shoes for infants and toddlers (and use their own children to model them, mind you)...sickening? Absolutely. Not only does this further the exploitation of women, but it's over sexualizing young girls (at SUCH a young age). It just keeps getting worse and worse for the next generation of females. Just look at the picture below. The baby is adorable, but the shoes make her seem like a infant version of Carrie Bradshaw. Where is the world coming to?
They come in pink satin, black, even leopard and zebra print - high heels designed for babies aged up to six months.
But horrified mothers see them as a new low in the campaign to sexualise infants not old enough to know what is happening to them.
Too much, too young? Retailers still selling over-sexualised clothing to kids
Two of the heeled shoes being sold to fit eight-year-olds.
According to the APA's study, media images of sexy girls and adults posing as adolescents 'sexualises' girls, harming them both physically and psychologically.
The report defines 'sexualisation' as when:
Other tee shirts……….
Good Morning America reports on the rise in the number of little boys participating in beauty pageants
ABC News writes about a significant increase in the number of American boys who are competing in toddler beauty pageants. An estimated 10 percent of contestants are now boys, up from 5 percent five years ago.
Kyle Pickering is already a pageant title holder at the age of 3.
San Francisco child protective services is investigating a mother who sparked international outrage this week after telling a national television audience that she had injected her 8-year-old daughter's face with Botox to make her more competitive in beauty pageants.
Cotton On vows to withdraw offensive t-shirts
CLOTHING company Cotton On has admitted it "crossed the line" and today vowed to withdraw a range of offensive children's t-shirts, including one making light of child abuse, after a consumers threatened a boycott.
A t-shirt emblazoned with the slogan "They Shake Me'' was the last straw for many angry parents, who sent emails and Twitter messages to the company this morning expressing their disgust and an intention to vote with their feet. Last month Cotton On had stuck by its range of shirts, which included slogans such as "I'm a tits man'' and "I'm living proof my mum is easy'', saying there was a place in the market for their "edgy'' humour that pushed the boundaries. But today, as anger spread through the social networking sites, Cotton On finally cottoned on to their customers' feelings, offering a contrite apology and a promise to withdraw the offending items from sale.
the sexualisation of children in Australia
The sexualisation of Australian children in the interest of corporate profit is increasing and exposes children to a wide range of risks from a very young age, according to an analysis by Emma Rush and Andrea La Nauze. Children are increasingly being portrayed in clothing and posed in ways designed to draw attention to adult sexual features that they do not yet possess in the interest of the corporate bottom line.
Images of sexualised children are becoming increasingly common in advertising and marketing material. Children who appear aged 12 years and under, particularly girls, are dressed, posed and made up in the same way as sexy adult models.
‘Corporate paedophilia’ is a metaphor used to describe advertising and marketing that sexualises children in these ways. The metaphor encapsulates the idea that such advertising and marketing is an abuse both of children and of public morality.
Dressed provocatively in a perilously short dress, fishnet tights and high-heeled PVC dominatrix boots, this is Noah Cyrus and she's just ten years old
The cumulative exposure of children and young people to sexualised images and themes has negative effects.
So how can parents teach children to value themselves, and appreciate their body type?
Father Emotional – Detachment : A health issue for daughters.
The father-daughter relationship is a “core-relationship” for females.
This relationship is fundamentally critical, to healthy psychosocial development, for ALL women.
Dr. K. Davis-Johnson Northcentral University, 2010
Pre-adolescent girls who are raised without a consistent healthy father-daughter relationship may:
Teen girls who are raised without a consistent, healthy father-daughter relationship may:
Women who were raised without a consistent, healthy father-daughter relationship may display:
Educating fathers, and mothers about what their daughters need from their fathers, can help decrease the numbers of fathers who love, but do not know how to emotionally connect with their daughters.
New Australian research suggests ‘rough and tumble play’ - such as that between children and fathers - may be central to emotional and brain development. Children are better able to govern thoughts and emotions and it is a first step towards quantifying the special role of fathers in helping children develop coping skills through exploration and testing limits. ''It's not about IQ, it's about the ability to sustain attention and focus.''
Dr Richard Fletcher (University of Newcastle, 2011)
1. Erratic food habits
8. Compulsive exercising
2. Playing with food
9. Skipping meals consistently
3. Restricting food intake
10. Measuring self-worth based on weight
4. Major changes in weight in a short amount of time
11. Complaining about being overweight and fat when she clearly underweight
5. Hiding her body even after weight loss
12. Missing several periods in a row
6. Hiding food
13. Overall poor body image
7. Refusal to eat when others are present
14. Spending a lot of time in the bathroom
Strategies to reduce or prevent the proliferation of sexualised images:
Collective Shoutis a new grassroots campaigns movement mobilising and equipping individuals and groups to target corporations, advertisers, marketers and media which objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services.
Collective Shout will name, shame and expose corporations, advertisers, marketers and media engaging in practices which are offensive and harmful especially to women and girls, but also to men and boys.
Collective Shout is for anyone concerned about the increasing pornification of culture and the way its messages have become entrenched in mainstream society, presenting distorted and dishonest ideas about women and girls, sexuality and relationships.
It should be said that the Australian Government was seen to be leading the way on this issue, when it held a senate inquiry into the sexualisation of children in the contemporary media environment back in June 2008. But the UK has now left us in its tracks....
In Australia there has been little to zero action on the recommendations from the 2008 inquiry. The review promised 18 months later has never happened.
Recommendations from the Australian inquiry stated that although sexualisation is a societal issue and we are all responsible, the onus must lay with industry - that is advertisers, marketers, retailers, broadcasters...
In that time there has been absolutely no indication of proactive responsibility from industry.
We challenge the Australian Government to pay heed to the increasing research and major concerns expressed by child psychiatrists and child psychologists.
Enough reports..enough recommendations...enough finger wagging at the industry...time for action!!