Researchers have been busy little bees this week, discovering all kinds of interesting things. Did you know that raw eggs have twice the antioxidants as an apple? (When I pointed out on Twitter that I’d rather eat two apples than a raw egg, LoLovesPi replied, ” but that can be extrapolated to mean that raw cookie dough is good for u. WIN!” Amen to that!) But that’s where the good news stops. A recent study reported in USA Today found that 50% of women in the U.S. have tried 5 or more diets in their lifetime. 2/3 of women have tried at least 3 times to lose weight in their lifetime. So by this math, I should count for at least 3 women with all the diets and other weight-loss crap I’ve tried. Sigh.
Discovering I’m as nuts as a squirrel in Snickers factory wasn’t a surprise. What shocked me was how normal I am. Of course I knew that lots of women diet but when you make an infographic where the majority of women are trying to lessen themselves, it makes it seem more real. I love me a good infographic. Even when it makes me sad.
This culture of dieting is exactly what makes people vulnerable to those stupid “1 tip to a flat belly” ads. The Washington Post reports today that millions of people got suckered for billions of dollars by these weight-loss schemes. The FTC is suing some of the companies involved for – duh – false advertising but consumers are unlikely to ever get their money back.
So, because I’m curious and I love data I’ve created two (TWO! I know!) polls to ask you guys how many diets you’ve tried and if you ever clicked on one of those ubiquitous ads. Come on, it’s Friday! Friday! Gotta get down on Friday! (Rebecca Black totally endorses my polls. Because every celebrity endorsement you read on the Internet is true.)
And if you’d like more body image stuff or just want to feel better about yourself as a parent by reading how I suck, check out my other articles this week:
My reaction to the Casey Anthony trial verdict: To feel less safe. Because everything is about me. (Shine)
Top 10 grossest things kids do. Just in case the eating-raw-eggs thing wasn’t enough for you. (Redbook)
Will the new food laws increase weight discrimination? Survey says… (iVillage)
Lingerie cafes brew controversy along with coffee. Who wouldn’t want their double latte with some double D’s? (iVillage)
Vogue Italia features 3 plus size models on its cover. They’re still naked though so don’t get too excited. (iVillage)