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Idea of Gaining Weight "Terrifies" Some Young UK Teens Options
Daemon
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Idea of Gaining Weight "Terrifies" Some Young UK Teens

The results of a survey on body image and weight fixation in 13-year-old schoolchildren in the UK have doctors concerned. They show that about half of girls and a third of boys are "a little worried" by the thought of getting fat, while nearly 12 percent of the former and 5 percent of the latter are "terrified" by it. Though eating disorders are not typically diagnosed in kids so young, about a quarter of the girls and 15 percent of the boys surveyed were already exhibiting eating disorder behaviors such as fasting. More...
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 12:16:43 AM

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So it should, chubby little buggers ! Stop eating junk.
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 11:30:38 AM

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Maybe they shouldn't be so over-dramatic? Ceasing to glorify the chav lifestyle might help to tone down the self-importance.
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 11:33:32 AM

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Once upon a time children played games outside in the air and sunshine before wireless electronic media captured their bodies by imprisoning their minds.
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 11:37:18 AM

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Stress also causes weight gain.
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Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013 2:13:17 AM
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Typically short-sighted kids. It's losing weight they should be concerned with. We begin this life with weight and end weightless.
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Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013 2:56:22 AM

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It is tough, though. I think you are being hard on them. Just at the time you want to be attractive, and all the world is telling you that slim girls are good and fat girls are pathetic losers with no self-control and everyone thinks they are are ugly and unattractive - just at that time, your body starts changing shape and you get breasts and hips and extra fat and all the things you are constantly told are bad!
For girls in particular, it is tough. At least with boys, the changes in your body are height and more muscle and shape - for girls, you put on weight with puberty and the teenage years. Fact. "Weight is bad" - "teenage fact (it is in all the magazines, all the adults think it - so it must be true!)".

Given those completely contradictory messages, I am frankly surprised it is only 12% that is freaked about the whole thing!
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Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013 8:17:53 AM
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Yes, it's tough. I was just having a little fun at the teens' expense. Perhaps the best popular expression of teenage girls' plight is Janis Ian's "At Seventeen," though more focused on the ugly duckling, and not especially about weight. See and hear http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMUz2TNMvL0
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It seems to me that in preparation for Government-run health plans, a concerted effort has been made to attempt to herd everyone into a healthier lifestyle in order to lower costs. Assaults on smokers and obesity, the two main drivers of high costs, have been increasing over the last twenty years or so.

This has apparently been somewhat successful for smoking, but appears to have a boomerang effect for obesity. The greater the focus on weight, the more problems seem to appear, especially for girls whose self-worth and value hinge too heavily on appearance.

It also, in my opinion, is a result of too great a focus by our societies on holding up youth as the be-all and end-all of everything that is wonderful in live. Youth is its own reward, but is also severely lacking in so many other areas, such as experience, knowledge, wisdom, consistency, etc., the very things societies need to function well.
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Right, Foundit. For a sample of a society governed by youth see Logan's Run, a 1976 Science Fiction film starring Michael York in which everyone is exterminated at age thirty. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logan%27s_Run_(film) Effecient, but somehow lacking...
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Also 'Gattaca'.
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