segunda-feira, 13 de janeiro de 2014

A indústria de dietéticos movimenta lucros de 55.4 biliões de dólares


  1. A study showed that women experience an average of 13 negative thoughts about their body each day, while 97% of women admit to having at least one “I hate my body” moment each day.
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  3. Only 5% of women naturally have the body type advertisements portray as ideal. (Source:
  4. Of 5th to 12th grade girls surveyed: 47% reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures. 69% said that magazine pictures influenced their idea of what the “picture body” looks like. (
  5. The dieting industry generates at least $55.4 billion in revenue every year. (Source:
  6. In a survey of girls aged approximately 14-18: More than 59% of girls were trying to lose weight. In the last 30 days before the survey, over 18% of girls had starved themselves for a day or more to lose weight. 11.3% of girls surveyed had used diet pills and 8.4% had vomited or taken laxatives to lose weight (Source:
  7. One study found that elite athletes experienced much higher rates of eating disorders (20%) than did a female control group (9%). Female athletes in ‘aesthetic sports’ (i.e. gymnastics, ballet, figure skating) have the highest risk for developing eating disorders (Source:
  8. 41% of first to third-grade girls want to be thinner, while 81 percent of 10-year-olds are afraid of getting fat. 80% of 10-year-old American girls say they have been on a diet. The number one magic wish for young girls age 11-17 is to be thinner. (Source:
  9. As many as 24 million people suffer from an eating disorder — including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder — in the U.S. alone. (
  10. 91% of undergraduate women surveyed admitted that they diet. 22% dieted “often” or “always”. (Source:
  11. 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls wish they were thinner. 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat. (Source:
  12. 50% of commercials directed towards women mention physical attractiveness. The average adolescent views over 5,000 advertisements that mention attractiveness annually. (Source:
Credits: This article first appeared on Prevent Disease.
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