The following YouTube clip was brought to my attention by the divine Noelle Graham (a long term Enlighten supporter and a passionate advocate for young women suffering from eating disorders).
Unfortunately, I did not find it shocking for it reflects what I see in schools right across the country. I did, however, find it deeply sad. It left me more passionate than ever about offering both girls and women a different view of self – a more healing, whole view that recognises we are all far more than just our bodies. We are somebodies. We are large, we contain multitudes.
Love to hear your thoughts.
5 thoughts on “Skinny Kids”
Wow… I knew there were kids like this, but actually being in their houses with them was very confronting.
i had to stop watching this as I wanted to cry when the 7 year old pulled her skin over her jeans and declared it was fat. I will come back to it later. The culture is destroying the little girls.
When I first became ill with my eating disorder I was 12. But I can remember being as young as 5 and 6 and worrying that I looked fat and scared that people would laugh at me. I used to grab my stomach, my arms, my legs and think they were fat. They weren’t, of course.
Watching that video was awful for me to see, because it resonated just how I felt at that age. It’s devastating that our young people are going through it. I started “going through it” 8 years ago. Nearly a decade on, why haven’t we fixed this yet?
I’m so pleased Danni shared this – because we need to see what it’s like. It’s only when we truly understand the detestation this kind of thinking causes, and it’s only then that we’ll really want to do something about it. It really hits harder and hurts more when this is CHILDREN we’re talking about.
Oh wow Danni, what a powerful video. I know as a teacher and a mother this really resonated with me on so many levels. Should be compulsory viewing!
How incrdibly sad. we are a sick shallow culture…we are hurting these young girls who may never even know who they are. self estém tied up in fat cells.
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