A friend-slash-acquaintance runs a local women's magazine intended to be positive, life-affirming, conscious, etc. She sent an email around saying "42 percent of girls in grades one through three say they want to be thinner."
I responded because I was just reading an article about school lunch programs and noted that among girls age 2-19:
White: 30% are overweight or obese
Black: 39% are overweight or obese
Latino: 35% are overweight or obese.
I'm all for self esteem, but with stats like these, I'm not sure what to think. Should overweight girls be taught to be happy about being overweight? Aren't they justified in wanting to be thinner? Shouldn't health be a foundation for self-esteem? Doctors say they're now seeing teenagers with arteries as clogged as 45-year-olds. Are we supposed to tell them they're fine just the way they are to make sure they don't suffer from low self-esteem?
Help me here...