The devastating impact of our toxic, thin-supremacist culture continues to claim female victims, except that now, those victims are growing even younger.
Appallingly, anorexia victims are now as young as 5 years old
. It may sound like madness, but it's true, as this Daily Mail
The true weight "epidemic" assaulting society is not one of girls being "over"weight, but rather, severely underweight:
The anorexia victims aged FIVE: Doctors blame ultra-slim celebrities as almost 100 under-9s are treated in hospital
By Sophie Borland
1st August 2011
Children as young as five are being treated in hospital for severe anorexia in a shocking illustration of how early they can become obsessed with body image.
A total of 98 youngsters aged between five and seven have been admitted during the last three years because of eating disorders normally associated with teenagers and adults.
A further 99 aged eight and nine were admitted over the same period, as were almost 400 aged between ten and 12, and 1,500 between 13 and 15.
The number of under-nines needing hospital treatment has doubled in the past year.
And these represent only the most severe cases, where children have become so desperately underweight that their lives are in danger.
There are likely to be many more youngsters with milder eating disorders who have not been taken to hospital.
The statistics, released by NHS trusts around Britain under the freedom of information act, underline the worry that youngsters – particularly girls – are increasingly obsessed with being thin.
Needless to say, this crisis hasn't sprung up out of nothing. It is directly caused by the media and fashion world suppressing plus-size beauty and instead promoting a starvation standard:
Many idolise ultra-slim models and celebrities they see in magazines and on TV, and try to slim in the hope they will look similar.
Experts warn that girls are now beginning to compare themselves with ‘size zero’ models and celebrities when they are still at primary school.
Rosi Prescott, chief executive of the YMCA, said: ‘As a society we are far more obsessed with body image compared with 20 years ago.
‘Young people are...looking up to these celebrities and models as references, even though many are not real because they have been airbrushed.'
Experts blame society’s ‘size zero’ obsession for the recent surge in cases.
Perhaps the most frightening aspect of this crisis is the fact that girls are growing up fearing and hating their own womanhood, to the point where they actually try to stave off puberty. This is harrowing:
Susan Ringwood, chief executive of the eating disorders charity Beat, said some are so frightened of developing curves when they reach puberty that they starve themselves to try to keep their slender child-like figures.
She said: ‘The ideal figure promoted for women these days is that of a girl, not an adult women. Girls see the pictures in magazines of extremely thin women and think that is how they should be.
‘That can leave them fearful of puberty, and almost trying to stave it off.'
The article page at the Daily Mail
actually consists of two separate pieces. The second is equally heartbreaking, as it shows how girls are sacrificing their own childhoods in the name of self-imposed starvation:
Instead of playing, our little girls count calories
by Tanith Carey
Until today, mention the word anorexia and you’d probably think of teenage girls starving themselves for a variety of emotional reasons.
But now anorexia has become a scourge which is stripping children as young as five to their very bones.
the fact that nearly 200 girls aged between five and nine have needed hospital treatment over the last three years shows how our children are paying the price for growing up in a celebrity culture.
Even the tiniest girls are internalising media images which tell them, simply and unequivocally, that thin equals perfect.
If it’s not the girl pop stars they sing along to, it’s the talent show performers they admire and the models they want to look like. Even their dolls come in size zero.
Instead of enjoying carefree childhoods, playing and learning at their own pace, our daughters count calories.
The implications of this are horrifying. Here we have an industry -- the fashion industry -- whose guiding lights are hardwired to find female curves and all visible indications of womanliness unattractive; who are instead attracted to androgyny. And these sick individuals have so successfully foisted their perverted personal aesthetic on society that they are making women in general hate their own womanliness.
In other words, the degenerates who run the fashion industry are brainwashing all of society -- certainly all women -- to think like men-who-are-not-attracted-to-women. And at an ever younger age.
There was a time not long ago when this degenerate aesthetic would have been denounced as sick and unhealthy -- which it is. But now, nothing stands in the way of its corruption of society.
It is time for this madness to end. It is time for the industry to face serious regulation for the sake of the health, and indeed the lives, of all women and girls; girls now as young as 5.