according to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, it is estimated that 8 million Americans suffer from one. 50% of girls between the ages of 11 and 13 see themselves as overweight.
Artificial constrains to what's beautiful and desirable have existed as long as humans have had the concept of fashion. It's the time to bring out your cheery summer outfits and enjoy the sun regardless of whether you're blond, tall, and blue-eyed; or short, thin, and brunette; or large, or pear-shaped, or svelte, or even rectangular and purple with green spots.
For information and stories, check out our display on body image in the Bragdon Reading Room.