Size zero is an obsession. Women generally think just because they are not size zero that they have to obsess about it, trying to get there. This is more common with teens, which leads to health issues or something more serious such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia. These two disorders are very different, but have the same affects on women and teens. Anorexia is an eating disorder where people starve themselves and still see their self image as heavy.
According to the Department of Mental Health, ten cases per year of anorexia nervosa lead to death from starvation, cardiac arrest, or suicide. Bulimia, on the other hand is a disorder where people gorge themselves with food and purposely vomit. People with bulimia often have weight that varies, but are often still very thin. There is no specific age to get an eating disorder, but they are more common with teens and women from age 13-25. One in 200 people suffers in the U.S. from an eating disorder. When asked, half of the teenagers in our high school agree that people obsess over their weight.
The perfect body is fiction.
Yes, we all exercise to be healthy, but there is no perfect shape. Women who exercise tend to be healthier than those who binge or starve themselves from food. Pants sizes or how skinny someone is should not matter because women and teens should be proud of what size they are. They should not stress about what the media conveys in our heads of that perfect size zero.
Women and teens should be proud and confident about weight. The saying, “follow your heart and never let anyone tell you differently,” applies to size because no one should tell you what to look like or what size to be. I for one, encourage women and teens to stop obsessing over the question: Why am I not a size zero?