Pageants Are Unhealthy for Little Girls!

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Friday, February 13, 2012

Pageants are unhealthy for little girls!

By: Mackenzie Corte

Pageants are unhealthy for little girls. They encourage eating disorders, twisted life value, and are a complete waist of money. Children should not be forced against their will to pile on the products and strut across stage in provocative costumes. One can’t help but think about how many pedophiles must follow the circuit or tune in to the TLC reality show "Toddlers and Tiaras”. Pageants should not be apart of a little girl’s childhood.

Anorexia Nervosa, and Bulimia are just two of the many eating disorders there are in the world. A new study explored the connection between eating disorders and child pageants. The researchers from the study recruited eleven women who had participated in beauty pageants as children and eleven women at the same age that had never participated in a pageant. The results of the study indicated that the women who had participated in childhood beauty pageants scored higher on body dissatisfaction, and interpersonal distrust than non-participants. I am not saying that all former pageant girls will have an eating disorder but when the main focus is on beauty and body image there is a more prevalent occurrence.

Perhaps most disturbing of all in this pageant world is the lessons the girls are learning through the pageant process. Parents are teaching there kids terrible life values such as it’s worthwhile to spend precious resources on this kind of pursuit, when you fall short in the looks department you’re a loser and future aspirations should centre on beauty before other qualities. I hope that parents are unaware that they are enforcing these kinds of values upon there children.

Beauty pageants are a multi-billion-dollar industry. Fees to enter most pageants start with a minimum of $295 to cover the actual beauty competition and a series of "modeling and make up workshops". On top of this...
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