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We must instill proper body image in young girls

My 9-year-old daughter fidgeted with sweets and played with toys while we waited in the checkout line, and I was thrilled.

That's because she wasn't looking up at the airbrushed beauties gracing the magazine covers.

Talk about sweet and sour.

Before long, she will begin to take notice and I shudder at the impact it may have. As Vivian Diller noted in a recent column, an Allure magazine survey found that 85 percent of women wish their hips were narrower, and 93 percent said the pressure to look young today is greater than ever.

When I spot that rare Time or Newsweek in the checkout line, I snap it up just to make a point. …

Bayshore Boulevard exercise enthusiasts got an added visual last week: Gov. Rick Scott. The governor walked the trek while on a cellphone. His security detail trailed while looking less than conspicuous. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: I Lost My Job Because You Drive A Foreign Car. …

Radio talk show host and former Buccaneer Ian Beckles has launched his new clothing apparel: Orange 62. Beckles described it as workout gear for those who "go hard." Check it out at 3405 S Dale Mabry Highway. …

Kudos to Hillsborough High graduates Ashira Pelt and Kevin Ramirez, and Jesuit High graduate Rafael Migoyo who took it upon themselves to raise awareness of hunger with their nonprofit, Florida Youth Against Hunger. On Saturday, the trio will launch a food drive in Tampa, Miami and Tallahassee. The Tampa event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cuban Club in Ybor City. For more info: wix.com/youth2011/fyah.

Let's celebrate youth's greatness more than we lament its mistakes.

That's all I'm saying.

We must instill proper body image in young girls 08/07/11 [Last modified: Sunday, August 7, 2011 6:49pm]
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