Wednesday, July 25, 2007

No College for Fat Girls

No College for Fat Girls?

College less likely for obese
Study: Overweight girls attend half as often as healthier peers
12:00 AM CDT on Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Cox News Service

AUSTIN – A study being released today by a University of Texas researcher shows that obese girls are half as likely to attend college as peers who have healthier weights.
"How kids perform in school has a lot to do with whether they fit in socially and how they relate to others," professor Robert Crosnoe said.

Mr. Crosnoe used data compiled by the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which tracks national health statistics for more than 11,000 American adolescents.
He found that overweight girls are even less likely to attend college if obesity is uncommon in their high schools and that they are also more likely to be at risk of committing suicide and using drugs.
I'm thinking it is not so much as the fact that the girls are obese as it is their self-esteem is shot to hell. With the images of Olive Oil being the standard of beauty it is hard for a thick chick to believe she is all that, and fine and sexy. If she is at a school where her size makes her the stand out, it is even more difficult.

That is why, as much as Mo'nique gets on my nerves, I applaud her for what she is trying to do. Honestly, I don't think we should be celebrating obesity but we should learn to love the skin (and body cushion) that we are in. I think Mo'nique can get her point across while at the same time promoting a healthier life style.

However, we need to see that it is not all about skin and bones. There are a lot of beautiful thick woman out there and little girls need to see more of them. That is why the Dove campaign was so awesome.

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