Posted by: Rizwan | January 2, 2007

Understanding Beauty

LifeInside posted a hillarious yet Hazardous Materials Data Sheet. It reminded me of a video I saw about “The Beauty“.. and a friend of mine after seeing that video researched & sent me following .. I thought why not share this with everybody here .. Along with “Hazardous Materials”, we should also open our eyes to this ..

My friend wrote:

Here are some interesting statistics, you will especially like the ones at the end, regarding spending priorities. I will admit this is hardly a topic, I was interested in researching however, I guess interests can change once one becomes a parent.
Make dua for me also.

Eating disorders are now the third most common chronic illness in adolescent girls.
[Ref: Adolescent Medicine Committee, Canadian Paediatric Society. Eating Disorders in adolescents: principles of diagnosis and treatment. Paediatrics and Child Health 1998; 3(3) 189-92. Reaffirmed January 2001.]

The death rate for eating disorders is high: it ranges between 18% (in 20-year studies) and 20% (in 30-year follow-up studies). In fact, the annual death rate associated with anorexia is more than 12 times higher than the annual death rate due to all other causes combined for females between 15 and 24 years old.
[Ref: Cavanaugh, Carolyn. What we know about eating disorders: facts and statistics. In Lemberg, Raymond and Cohn, Leigh (Eds) (1999). Eating Disorders: A reference sourcebook. Oryx Press. Phoenix, AZ]

47% of Canadian females age 11, 58% of Canadian females age 13, and 55% of Canadian females age 15 say they would change how they look if they could.
[Ref: Health and Welfare Canada. The health of Canada’s youth, views and behaviours of 11-, 13- and 15-year-olds from 11 countries. (1992). Anonymous. Ottawa ON: Minister of Supply and Services. H39-239/1993.]

71% of adolescent girls want to be thinner despite only a small proportion being over a healthy weight.
[Ref: Paxton et al (1991). Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 20, 361-379.]

80%-90% of women dislike the size and shape of their bodies.
[Ref: Hutchison, Marcia. (1985). Transforming Body Image. The Crossing Press, New York.]

Of women between the ages of 24 and 54 who diet, 76% diet for cosmetic rather than health reasons.
[Ref: Thompson, D.M., et al. (1985). Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia: The Socio-cultural Context. International Journal of Eating Disorders , 1 (3), 20-36.]

Spending Priorities

Amount of money needed each year (in addition to current expenditures) to provide reproductive health care for all women in developing countries – $12 billion

Amount of money spent annually on perfumes in Europe and the United States – $12 billion

Amount of money needed each year (in addition to current expenditures) to provide water and sanitation for all people in developing nations – $9 billion

Amount of money spent annually on cosmetics in the United States – $8 billion

Amount of money needed each year (in addition to current expenditures) to provide basic health and nutrition needs universally in the developing world – $13 billion

[Sources: U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), Human Development Report 1998 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998), pages 30 through 37.]

It is amazing to see how much we are willing to spend on artificiality.



  1. We are somewhat superficial, i thought i had told u that on previous entry. It’s up to us, if we realise it or now.

    By the way we can attain the non-superficial level but it’ll be very difficult. Are you a malay? If you are I found a very good blog about sufism, by a normal student who look the same from the outside but i guess he had changed inside *gash im being superficial too! :(*

  2. “”

    I found across an article by Amir Hafizi – the way to a woman’s heart is through her clitoris.

    Kinda funny though.

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