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The good folks at Procter and Gamble have offered some "healthy" eating tips on their Playtex website. It's clearly geared towards adolescent girls. Maybe some people think I sound shrill or strident about this stuff, but I cannot help but be appalled.

the worst of them:

1. Write down everything you eat. Icky, we know, but we also know there's no better substitute (except looking at yourself in the mirror naked), that's better than tracking what goes into your mouth to get you into the habit of thinking before you eat.

2. Post-It notes are great for reminding you of the right thing to do. Stick them on the bathroom mirror, on the inside of your locker, on your computer. Be creative with your reminder. "How hungry are you really?" "Exactly why are you eating that now?" "What will the scale say tomorrow morning?"

Why not just write up a how-to manual on eating disorders? Hell, maybe they can sell cute little food journals and preprinted post-its? How about a magazine full of "success" stories with before and after pictures? Let's definitely make sure we raise yet another generation of girls who obsess about their weight and hate their bodies.

Fucking ridiculous.

Date: 2008-03-19 12:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baldowl.livejournal.com
Jaysus! Are they encouraging eating disorders or what?

Date: 2008-03-19 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] your-new-cuckoo.livejournal.com
They probably figure there's a buck to be made.

Date: 2008-03-19 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-moonshiner.livejournal.com
You're not being strident at all - these are AWFUL! Talk about a recipe for an eating disorder.

You should post this in a feminist community and call in the cavalry with the company's contact info.

Date: 2008-03-19 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] your-new-cuckoo.livejournal.com
Actually, the bloggers are way ahead of me- I found this on a Health At Every Size blog. they are All Over This.

It's disgusting, isn't it??

Brought to you by Bad Idea Jeans!

Date: 2008-03-19 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geobabe1.livejournal.com
Obsessing about every bit of food they put in their mouths is exactly what those with eating disorders do. Fucking brilliant advice.

Re: Brought to you by Bad Idea Jeans!

Date: 2008-03-19 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] your-new-cuckoo.livejournal.com
I know it- I can't imagine having to raise a daughter with this stuff out there. Hell, it isn't even that easy for boys now either.
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Date: 2008-03-19 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] your-new-cuckoo.livejournal.com
Yes!! The "icky" is just the horrid icing on the fucking horrible cake.

Date: 2008-03-19 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] srb.livejournal.com
Anorexia is trendy, doncha know?

Date: 2008-03-19 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] your-new-cuckoo.livejournal.com
I can't decide if it makes me more angry or sad. Rachel included some comments posted by girls on the site- they're all so stuck in this way of thinking. One girl said she was only 92lbs but still felt fat. WTF.

Date: 2008-03-19 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] srb.livejournal.com
It really pisses me off. I had a student, sixth grade, 11 years old, very tall and slim for her age. She knows the calorie counts of everything she eats, and won't participate in any social activity that is food related. Everybody on the faculty is aware of this, and everybody is "worried" about it, but nobody but me is willing it call it a disorder yet. She's been like this for two years and hasn't gotten any taller since she was nine. Of course, I can't bring it up, because if I do I'm the deluded fat lady. I stopped trying about 6 months ago.

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