Dieting and The Drive for Thinness

Do you know the truth about dieting? (via NEDA)

  • Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives (Neumark-Sztainer, 2005).
  • Girls who diet frequently are 12 times as likely to binge as girls who don’t diet (Neumark-Sztainer, 2005).
  • Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women (Smolak, 1996).
  • 46% of 9-11 year-olds are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets, and 82% of their families are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets (Gustafson-Larson & Terry, 1992).
  • 91% of women recently surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting, 22% dieted “often” or “always” (Kurth et al., 1995).
  • 95% of all dieters will regain their lost weight in 1-5 years (Grodstein, et al., 1996).
  • 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting.  Of those, 20-25% progress to partial or full-syndrome eating disorders (Shisslak & Crago, 1995).
  • 25% of American men and 45% of American women are on a diet on any given day (Smolak, 1996).
  • Americans spend over $40 billion on dieting and diet-related products each year (Smolak, 1996).

Diets Don’t Work!

Kathleen Young, Psy.D.

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5 Responses to Dieting and The Drive for Thinness

  1. Gwenny says:

    I think the reason diets don’t work is because of the food chosen. I believe very strongly that part of what is wrong with us is how much artificial food we eat. It gets worse when folks diet. Artificial sweeteners, chemicals to make fat free, carb free, sugar free stuff palatable. I’m currently trying to not only eat less, but also do so by cutting portions AND eating as close to source as possible. I’m about 23 pounds off.

    This is not vanity. I’m a middle aged woman who weighs almost 300 pounds. I have no medical coverage. Last year my blood pressure shot up and I think I may have had a mild heart attack. This is about being healthy and safe and living to see my grandkids grow up.

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