- The average American woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 140 pounds. The average American model is 5’11” tall and weighs 117 pounds.
- 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, D. (2005). I’m, Like, SO Fat! New York: The Guilford Press. pp. 5)
- 91% of women recently surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting and 22% dieted “often” or “always” (Kurth et al., 1995).
- 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25% progress to partial or full syndrome eating disorders(Shisslak, C.M., Crago, M., & Estes, L.S. (1995). The spectrum of eating disturbances. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 18 (3), 209-219.)
- 25% of American men and 45% of American women are on a diet on any given day (Smolak, L. (1996). National Eating Disorders Association/Next Door Neighbors Puppet Guide Book)
- Americans spend over $40 billion on dieting and diet-related products each year (Smolak, L. (1996). National Eating Disorders Association/Next Door Neighbors Puppet Guide Book)
- 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat (Mellin, L., McNutt, S., Hu, Y., Schreiber, G.B., Crawford, P., & Obarzanek, E. (1991). A longitudinal study of the dietary practices of black and white girls 9 and 10 years old at enrollment: The NHLBI growth and health study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 27-37.)