October 15th is Love Your Body Day. One day where NOW wants us all to concentrate on loving our body– not because of what it looks like but because of what it allows us to do. Between now and October 15th, we’ll talk about bodies and body image, turn up our noses to phony beauty standards and celebrate our own unique way of being in this world. And you’ll have the change to win some prizes for coming along for the ride. And if we’re going on a ride, well, then, we need some road trip music. So head on over to Itunes and check out I Can Rescue me, a soundtrack to female empowerment I created last year.
And mull over these stats, compiled by the folks at NOW.
- More than 80% of 4th grade girls have been on a fad diet (Social Issues Research Centre).
- The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by less than 5% of females (Social Issues Research Centre).
- The average weight of a model is 23% lower than that of an average woman; 20 years ago, the differential was only 8% (Social Issues Research Centre).
- Each year the U.S. spends over $33 billion on weight-reduction programs, diet foods and beverages (HealthAtoZ.com).