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Old 29th October 2010   #1
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Default Underweight imagery malforms girls' DNA (study)

Here's one of the most frightening articles I've ever encountered regarding the harmful effect that images of underweight models and actresses have upon girls and young women.

The article is written by a prominent medical doctor who is a Fellow of the Society of Biology. It describes the conclusions of the latest research in the field.

It turns out that not only do pictures of starving models and celebs have a devastating effect on women psychologically (as has already been well established by many medical and psychological studies), but biologically as well.

Exposure to these images literally damages girls at the genetic level. It deforms their DNA.

If that sounds too horrific to believe, read on. Here's the link:

And the most terrifying revelations:

How super skinny TV stars are harming our health

By Dr Aric Sigman
18th October 2010

Jutting collar bones, twiglet legs and razor-sharp cheek bones. It wasn’t so long ago that these were unenviable signs that a woman had lost too much weight or, worse, was suffering from an eating disorder.

Now, however, it’s hard to think of a female celebrity who isn’t that thin — not just models and actresses, but news readers and children’s TV presenters. So much so that women and children not only view skeletal frames as normal, but as something they wish to emulate.

There has been an 80 per cent rise in young girls being hospitalised with anorexia in the past ten years. And body dissatisfaction is affecting younger and younger children.

In a recent study published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, almost half of the three to six-year-old girls surveyed said they worried about being f**.

Yet any serious correlation between visual media and the rise of eating disorders has largely been dismissed. Until now.

New research shows there is a much stronger link between visual media and eating disorders. Repeated exposure to images of thin women alters brain function and increases our propensity to develop eating disorders.

Many studies have already confirmed the psychological effect such images have on women. But now we can see the biological effects. Scientists have identified sudden, unexpected changes in the brain function of healthy, body-confident women when they view certain female figures...

Molecular biologists at Harvard Medical School now believe that external stimuli may activate major psychiatric disorders by changing how our genes function.

Childhood distress does precisely this and it is conceivable that early or prolonged body dissatisfaction may also disturb DNA, triggering eating disorders in susceptible girls...

A decade ago, the British Medical Association’s Board of Science and Education demanded ‘a more responsible editorial attitude towards the depiction of extremely thin women as role models’. Yet matters have since worsened.

While it’s easy to blame extreme catwalk models, it’s [also] everyday images on television — those of children’s TV hosts, newsreaders and talent-show judges who are deeply unrepresentative of most British women — that are dangerous to girls.

Surely this is discrimination? The BBC, for instance, is ‘committed to reflecting the diversity of the UK audience’ in terms of race and gender. Why isn’t female physique considered an aspect of ‘diversity’? Why aren’t size 16s — the average dress size of British females — allowed to read the news or be a CBeebies presenter?

Fortunately, more and more scientists and prominent medical bodies are beginning to view the media as playing a major role in eating disorders. The Royal College of Psychiatrists recently issued a statement saying the media propagates ‘unobtainable body ideals’ and that airbrushed images should carry a kite mark.

The stakes in the body-image wars keep getting higher. Now the full truth is revealed - we're talking about trying to protect girls' minds and bodies, but at a much deeper level than anyone suspected - at the genetic level, at the level of DNA.

The fashion/media discrimination against larger female bodies is more than a political affront. It is damaging the very genetic fabric of the human race.

Fashion and the media MUST stop foisting an anorexic standard on society, and MUST begin showcasing plus-size female bodies. The very building blocks of humanity depend on it.

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Old 22nd December 2010   #2
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The revelations in this article are truly horrifying. They take the crisis of eating disorders to a whole new level, and demonstrate the media's culpability as never before.

In the first section of the article, Dr. Sigman exposes the entire print and television media (to say nothing of minus-size fashion) as one giant pro-anorexia industry. His arguments are irrefutable.

He explains how people's natural alarm at obvious signs of physical illness (an emaciated figure and gaunt features) has been dulled through the sheer visual ubiquity of these characteristics in the media, so that the public no longer even recognizes these abnormal features as indicating ill health.

(An analogy to this is as follows: if one lived in a world of plague victims, one would mistake bubonic pustules for normal parts of the body, despite the fact that they actually indicate terminal disease.)

By contrast, the visible signs of health (plump facial features and a soft, full, rounded figure) have been practically erased from visual consciousness. They are only seen in negative contexts (e.g., on "weight-loss shows"), where they are maligned as the opposite of what they are--as examples of "over"weight bodies.

What the media has done, in short, is normalized illness and abnormalized health.

But the full scope of the problem is even greater, because the media has not only glamourized a malnourished appearance but mandated it, so that all women in the public eye are forced to look ill and underweight.

The result of this, as Dr. Sigman indicates, is that young women are brainwashed into starving themselves to emulate the famine victims whom they see on TV and in magazines.

Appallingly, girls have been taught to covet the appearance of illness, to scorn their naturally healthy inclinations to eat in abundance, and instead to desire a cadaverous look.

Not only is this phenomenon terrifying in principle, but the eating-disorder statistics that the doctor cites indicate that the problem is widespread and burgeoning.

And yet this entire crisis is being ignored by the media. Amazingly, a real health epidemic (female self-imposed starvation) is being ignored, while a false epidemic (the mythical weight "problem" that the diet industry has fabricated) is being trumpeted at every turn.

The scale of irresponsibility here, on the part of the media, is as breathtaking as it is scandalous.

* * *

But that isn't even the worst part. The doctor's second point is altogether new, and one that we have never heard before. It immediately takes priority over every other argument against our culture's promotion of androgynous emaciation:

Originally Posted by Meredith
Exposure to these images literally damages girls at the genetic level. It deforms their DNA.

The fashion/media discrimination against larger female bodies is more than a political affront. It is damaging the very genetic fabric of the human race.

A more frightening scenario is impossible to imagine. If eating disorders were simply harming young women psychologically (as they are), that would already represent an urgent crisis.

But to be changing how genes function, to be disturbing human DNA . . . the mind reels.

Given enough time and treatment, many psychological illnesses are treatable. But if the unnatural, androgynous standard is absorbed by girls at the genetic level, at the level of their DNA, then it can never be expunged.

Think about it: girls who are thus afflicted become genetically incapable of recognizing the true appearance of health (i.e., full-figured beauty). Their minds are forever biologically warped, with potentially fatal skinniness as the only manner of appearance that their physiology can accept.

It is like acquiring a genetic predisposition to suicide, a physiological craving for arsenic, a desire to die codified in one's DNA.

We have said before that no matter how badly a girl's mind might be warped by the thin-supremacist culture, at least her body will always rebel and will crave food, knowing intuitively that its greatest health resides in being full-figured. But such an altering of the female biological makeup would take away even this survival instinct.

No wonder so many young women cannot recognize true beauty (plus-size beauty), and instead are drawn to the corpse-like appearance of models and actresses. Their minds have been genetically reprogrammed into an unnatural state.

This is a Frankenstein-like horror, all the more terrifying because it is a grim reality.

And still, with a revelation so explosive as that which Dr. Sigman has provided, this information is still being suppressed by the mass media, still being studiously ignored by an industry whose members are so pathologically committed to their degenerate, alien ideal of female appearance that they would rather see women genetically warped than put an end to their toxic standard.

As Meredith so correctly affirms:

Originally Posted by Meredith
Fashion and the media MUST stop foisting an anorexic standard on society, and MUST begin showcasing plus-size female bodies. The very building blocks of humanity depend on it.
Amanda Smith (42-37-44), new model at Ford Arizona, size 16:

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Old 25th December 2010   #3
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The situation is truly appalling, but I have some hope that the next generation will resist this brainwashing.

An article in the news today talks about the 54th annual Sun Youth Forum, in which a thousand high-school students from southern Nevada participated.

It was encouraging to find that the following was one of the topics:

Also discussed was body image — a big problem among teens today.

Many of the big clothing brands send messages suggesting that if you wear their clothing you will look good and be cool like the models in the pictures. These advertisements can make teens feel insecure, making them feel like they need to look differently or lose weight to be accepted.

My group agreed that most of this pressure is on girls; many feel like they need to be a size double zero just because the girl in the commercial is. In reality, very few are actually even able to be a size double zero while maintaining a healthy body weight.Girls in the group felt that modeling agencies should hire more plus-size models because the girls would be more likely to picture themselves in that dress and it might put a little less pressure on them to become that perfect, stereotypical girl.

It's gratifying to hear that the girls felt this way, although one wishes that they could recognize that those anorexic "size double zero" models are the farthest thing in the world from "perfect" -- that in fact their gaunt, emaciated appearance is repellent, and that the plus-size models whom they hope to see are actually far more perfect than these androgynous waifs.
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