This is a post I’ve wanted to touch on for a while now but with knowing little about what direction to take with it I’ve kept putting it off. However, I’ve recently come across the Dove Self-Esteem Project in which it was found that 6/10 of girls are so concerned with the way they look that they opt out of important activities and 9/10 women will stop themselves from eating or will put their health at risk.
Like excuse me? THAT IS SHOCKING.
As a country we have allowed girls and women to feel anxious about the way we look and how we act and it’s only now when things have got so bad that we are finally high lighting it.
However, it’s not surprising to me to read that 71% of women and 67% of girls are calling for the media to do a better job at portraying a diverse range of women because on a survey I constructed for my final major project ALL parents said body confidence was an issue.
This study links in nicely with something my step mum and I have spoken about. A few weeks back children in my sisters school were weighed and had their height taken to work out their BMI to see whether they were obese or not… BMI?? In this day and age?
BMI is so out of date now that I’ve found its now rare that you’ll find someone that goes by it without other supporting tests such as body fat %.
If you don’t know then you calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kg by your height in metres… So what are the problems with BMI?
- It doesn’t work out body fat %
- Even if you change your lifestyle your BMI may stay the same
- Muscle weighs more than fat therefore athletes are often classed as ‘over weight’
- It doesn’t account for muscle mass
In the letter it stated:
‘if your son/daughter’s results are overweight they are more likely to grow up to be overweight as an adult’
However, if they are using an out of date measurement and a child was deemed overweight in this measurement from their school, they then undergo lifestyle changes because they are told they are overweight, get measured again and are STILL classed as overweight – how would that make that child feel? When there was a high chance they were probably healthy in the first place.
I remember I used to lie to my friends about how much I weighed because I knew I was one of the heaviest and that was before social media and images were making a huge impact on our lives. Imagine you being a young girl, exercises and eats well from their healthy parents to be told your overweight and need to change your lifestyle? I know most 10 year olds would say they didn’t care but is it really wise high lighting and labelling them so inaccurately?
And what about puberty now? Girls are hitting puberty at a much earlier age than before, so their height, like my sister’s, may be a huge difference compared to their friends who may not be that advanced in their puberty cycle yet.
I can 100% see where the schools are coming from but there are loads of different ways that school could have done to ensure healthy lifestyles are put in place – what about actually teaching them good and bad foods & encouraging exercising through more after school clubs and lunch time actives.
I don’t believe that labelling kids as overweight through an outdated formula is going to help anything – if you’re going to measure them, at least invest time and money to make sure it’s accurate and then help implement healthy lifestyles through education rather than just stating ‘something needs to be done’ because as a nation we are all aware of the obesity crisis & that ‘something needs to be done’.
Maybe it’s my mission to make the change…
What your opinion on this?
love Chlo xxx