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  • Translator: Ellen Maloney Reviewer: Denise RQ

  • Let me start by ask you to close your eyes.

  • Please close your eyes for a few seconds,

  • and think about \"the perfect body\".

  • Just for a few seconds, picture \"the perfect body\" in your mind.

  • Now open your eyes.

  • By a show of hands,

  • how many of you pictured your own body as the perfect body?

  • Look around, look what do you see?

  • By another show of hands,

  • how many of you have ever heard someone say

  • or have heard yourself say,

  • \"I wish I had a different body?\"

  • \"I'm ugly,\" or \"I'm fat,\" \"I wish I had different sized body parts.\"

  • Now what do you see?

  • I think we see an opportunity to change our future.

  • A very large opportunity to change our future.

  • I think we see an opportunity to change the future

  • for our generations of girls and boys and let me tell you why:

  • the most common factor in the development of eating disorders, anorexia, and bulimia

  • is body dissatisfaction, or unhappiness with your body.

  • This is an important message

  • because every aspect of our lives

  • is bombarded with messages of body image and body self-confidence.

  • We see it everywhere:

  • TVs, movies, magazines, social media, the clothing industry.

  • Every encounter we have with the external environment

  • is filled with messages about body image and body self-confidence.

  • So are these messages negative or positive?

  • You can probably answer this question.

  • How do they affect us?

  • Here's some information:

  • 69% of school-aged girls who read magazines

  • say that the pictures influence the way they feel about body shape.

  • 50% of those girls say that the pictures make them want to lose weight.

  • Over 50% of teenage girls, and almost one third of teenage boys,

  • use unhealthy behaviors to lose weight.

  • They starve, they vomit, they skip meals,

  • they use laxatives.

  • 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States

  • will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

  • Look at those numbers; think about that for a moment.

  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate

  • of any psychological condition.

  • If we think about clothing,

  • when did we start accepting size 0 and size 000

  • as actual sizes of real live human beings?

  • Human people.

  • Zero?

  • The average fashion model is 5, 11\",

  • weighs 117 pounds, and wears a size 0, 2, or 4.

  • The average woman is 5, 4\",

  • weighs 140 pounds and wears a size 12, 14, or 16.

  • A little difference there!

  • 50% of women wear size 14 and up,

  • but our clothing industry caters to size 14 and under.

  • The average body mass index of Miss America winners is 16.9.

  • The World Health Organization says the average body mass index is 21.7.

  • Another big difference; almost 5 points.

  • So let's ask ourselves, how did this happen?

  • Why don't we picture our own body as the perfect body?

  • Why do we think our own body is so imperfect?

  • And why are girls and boys so unhappy with their bodies?

  • I think I have a potential explanation, so bear with me.

  • We, as a society, have become boiled frogs.

  • How many people have heard of the parable of the boiled frog?

  • The parable's been around for a long time.

  • It explains that if you place a frog in a pot of boiling water,

  • - Don't get nervous, we aren't going to do it! -

  • he'll immediately jump out to try to save himself.

  • But if you place a frog in a warm pot of water,

  • he stays put.

  • As you gradually turn up the heat,

  • he acclimates to the temperature in the pot and falls asleep.

  • And then it's too late.

  • I hope PETA doesn't call me. We have not boiled a frog!

  • The image is gruesome, I know.

  • But the message is clear.

  • We are the frog, society is the frog.

  • We have been boiled by the clothing industry,

  • by the media, by the entertainment industry.

  • We have been bombarded by negative messages

  • about body image and body self-confidence

  • every day, for years and years and years,

  • and it continues to happen.

  • 75% of TV female sitcom characters are underweight.

  • A sports magazine recently was recognised

  • for placing the first \"plus-sized\" model on its cover.

  • Guess what size she is?

  • Did anybody see that in the news?

  • Size 12.

  • Plus sized.

  • So when did we start accepting size 12 as plus-size?

  • I think it was around the same time we started accepting size 0 or 000

  • as actual sizes of real human beings.

  • Can you pinpoint when it happened?

  • So all of this information is important.

  • What does it tell us?

  • It's time for a change.

  • It's time for a movement towards self-acceptance.

  • It's time for a movement that will disempower eating disorders;

  • remember we said the most common factor to the development of eating disorders

  • is body dissatisfaction.

  • So let's go back.

  • What can we do to lead this movement?

  • What can we do to change the boiling pot?

  • Can we change the clothing industry?

  • Can we change the media?

  • Can we change the entertainment industry?

  • Well, Viktor Frankl said, and I paraphrase,

  • if you can no longer change your situation, you must change yourself.

  • That's something we can do. We can change ourselves.

  • We can change ourselves,

  • we can change the future by changing ourselves.

  • I think we can do that.

  • We can teach our children to jump out of the pot of boiling water

  • before it's too late.

  • And we can serve as role models for self-acceptance.

  • We have a responsibility as educators,

  • as community members, as parents, as human beings.

  • We have a responsibility to start a movement towards self-acceptance

  • that can lead us to disempower eating disorders.

  • So how? They are just words until we put them into action.

  • How do we lead the movement?

  • How do we change?

  • How do we move forward?

  • Here's how:

  • Serve as a role model for self-acceptance.

  • Accept yourself!

  • There's no reason not to.

  • Stop negative body talk, the talk we talked about in the beginning.

  • No more negative talk about yourself or anyone else.

  • Appreciate the beauty of different physicalities

  • - we should do that everyday -

  • stop buying into the industries that promote self-judgment.

  • Challenge the pot of judgment by not judging ourselves.

  • We can do this.

  • Every body is the perfect body.

  • Make sure you read that one.

  • Every body is the perfect body.

  • We begin to picture our own body as the perfect body, we start today, now.

  • We teach our children to picture their own body as the perfect body.

  • We lead by example and engage in healthy behaviors.

  • So I think we can do this.

  • Are you with me?

  • We can change our future.

  • We can lead the way towards self-acceptance.

  • I believe that we can do this.

  • We can teach our future generations to jump out of the existing pot

  • before it's too late.

  • We can disempower eating disorders.

  • I hope you will join me in this movement.

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

Translator: Ellen Maloney Reviewer: Denise RQ

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