Call to set the standard against anorexia

First published in News

“A MOMENT on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.”

The dreaded catchphrase you never want to hear while eating your favourite chocolate bar, write Jennifer McGuiness and Harriet Carroll. But many young people use it against each other as a motivation to stay slim. Speakout asks: what is slim?

At what stage are we able to reach the happy medium, whereby teenagers don’t idolise those that we see in magazines or ignore the many healthy eating warnings given to them as the world descends into an obese nation?

Headlines flood the media telling young people what is right and what is wrong, yet they forget to associate this with the reality that thousands of young people suffer from eating disorders each year in the UK alone.

The upheaval of children surviving off sugar and sweets diminishes the fact that many eating disorders are triggered in children from as young as five who are uncomfortable with the skin they are in.

The constant display of size zero models plastered across our newspapers, magazines and billboards is a reminder of what they think they should be and not what they are, which is healthy.

Warrington should set the stepping-stones for a country that needs to concentrate on being active rather than finding comfort in food or comfort in bones.

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