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GO SIZE ACCEPTANCE!
I suppose it would be a good idea to back my waffle up. So here's a few statistics that'll knock you over backwards!

BODY IMAGE STATISTICS

Cosmopoliton did a survey on body image with over 2000 respondents. The results, to me, were unsurprising but damning.

  60% of women thought they were overweight where, in reality, 22.6% were over the recommended weight range and 24% were underweight.

  only 12% were satisfied with their weight.

  one in eight have or have had a compulsive eating disorder.

  55% know someone who has or has had anorexia and 45% know a bulimic.

  18% vomited after a meal to lose weight, 27% used diet pills or laxatives and
50% skipped meals.

  68% thought slim women attracted more men and 47% though slim women were happier.

  71% have been on a diet at some time, 13% have been on 10 or more diets in the
past three years.

  72% said that they felt models in magazines influenced their body image and 48%    said women in movies.


MEDICAL STATISTICS
It gets more interesting every day!

  The Framingham study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1991, found that the risk of dying from heart disease is 70% higher in those with fluctuating weights than in those whose weight remains stable, regardless of their initial weight, blood pressure, smoking habits, cholesterol level, or level of physical activity.

  Recent studies have found a direct link between osteoporosis and dieting. One study found that a single five month weight loss program resulted in "significant bone loss." Fat cells retain estrogen which helps maintain the calcium in the bones.

  If women drop below 15% body fat, they cannot menstruate and will begin to suffer from a wide range of estrogen deficiency illnesses including infertility.

  The Seven Country Study, the Framingham, Albany, Tecumseh, Chicago People's Gas, and Chicago Western Electric studies all found that people 20-40% over the recommended weight range lived the longest.

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