Girls and Dieting, Then and Now

tweensWhen two people share the same article with you and offer it as a topic for your blog, as a blogger, you take it and run with it.

This Wall Street Journal article, Girls and Dieting, Then and Now, came to my attention by Lara and Sarah.

An excerpt:

One day in January 1986, fourth-grade girls at Marie Murphy School in Wilmette, Ill., were called down to the principal’s office.

A stranger was waiting there to ask each girl a question: “Are you on a diet?”

Most of the girls said they were.

“I just want to be skinny so no one will tease me,” explained Sara Totonchi.

“Boys expect girls to be perfect and beautiful,” said Rozi Bhimani. “And skinny.” Continue reading “Girls and Dieting, Then and Now”

TIME Magazine: Is Vegetarianism a Teen Eating Disorder?

vegetarian_0402YogiClareBear shared an article with me yesterday that I want to post here today to see what you think about it.

The article, “Study: Is Vegetarianism a Teen Eating Disorder” was published in TIME magazine this week, and you can read it here.

The premise is that for some teens, “going vegetarian” is an easy way to mask disordered eating behaviors.

Here’s a snippet:

“…Parents tend to overlook seemingly mild, earnest teen pursuits like joining the Sierra Club, but a new study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association suggests that another common teen fad, vegetarianism, isn’t always healthy. Instead, it seems that a significant number of kids experiment with a vegetarian diet as a way to mask an eating disorder, since it’s a socially acceptable way to avoid eating many foods and one that parents tend not to oppose.”

Hm … what do you think? Isn’t this how disordered eating starts? A food, or food group, is banned? And then something else and so on and so on? Continue reading “TIME Magazine: Is Vegetarianism a Teen Eating Disorder?”