According to stats from 2002, approximately 1.5% of young women in Canada aged 15 to 24 have an eating disorder and approximately 1 million Canadians have been diagnosed. Each and every single day in the media, we're bombarded with messaging about chronic dieting, over-exercising and other manifestations of how the ideal body image should look and be presented and how we can live up to those standards and it plagues many, many women.
So I don't know about you, but in the last year or so I have been getting more and more into podcasts. Perhaps we can blame Serial (and infectious MailChimp ad's) or the effervescent storytelling that was done by the team by This American Life. But one thing that has gotten undeniable: the audience for female driven podcasts is (clearly) getting louder and with that, the female creative teams are making headway.
Just recently, Yahoo Health released the results of their body positivity survey and sadly only one in seven Americans feels “body positive". The online survey, conducted on a nationally representative sample of 2,000 people between the ages of 13 and 64 found that women were more often than not body negative.
As a fat woman, I'm offended. But as a women (period), I'm offended. And do you know why? Because I'm sick and tired of these bullshit body positive campaigns being shilled out. Not just to me (as a women of size) but to all women. I don't know about you, but I haven't forgotten that Special K was a diet cereal.