If Barbie Were a Real Woman, She Would Look Like the Rest of Us!

Empowered for Life! with Dr. Andrea Dishes the "Skinny" on Women and Body Image in America

Press Release (PressBurner) Jun 24, 2009 - (TWS PR Firm) - If Barbie were a real woman she would have: divorced Ken, had 1-tummy tuck under her belt, endured  2 lay-offs, suffered with thinning hair, turned off the lights while making love and probably been treated for her depression!   Come on people let’s get real; Barbie would look and feel like most of us!  

Forty to fifty percent of women in the U.S. are under pressure to measure up to a certain social and cultural ideal of beauty, which can lead to poor body image. Women are constantly bombarded with "Barbie-doll" images.   If you fear the words “Pool Party”, let Dr. Andrea walk you through it!  Got a class or family reunion coming up?  Allow Dr. Andrea to boost your confidence!  Is your daughter obsessed about being SKINNY?  Dr. Andrea can coach her through it! Or do you just desire to feel good about YOU? Don’t miss this show!

•          It is estimated that 40-50% of American women are trying to lose weight at any point in time.
•          One out of every four college aged women has an eating disorder.
•          Almost half of all women smokers smoke because they see it as the best way to control their weight. Of these women, 25% will die of a disease caused by smoking.
•          At 5′9” tall and weighing 110 lbs, Barbie would have a BMI of 16.24 which is considered severely underweight. Because of her ridiculous proportions (39” bust, 18” waist, 33” thighs and a size 3 shoes!), if she was a real woman, she wouldn’t be able to walk upright - she would have to walk on all fours.
•          At age thirteen, 53% of American girls are “unhappy with their bodies.” This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen.

By presenting an ideal that is so difficult to achieve and maintain, the cosmetic and diet product industries are experiencing exponential growth. It's no accident that our daughters, nieces and BFF’s are increasingly brainwashed into thinking that thinness is the essential criterion of beauty. The message we're hearing is either "all women need to lose weight" or that the natural aging process is a "disastrous" fate.  

The next live show, scheduled Monday, June 29th at 1pm ET, will feature a discussion titled, "Healthy is the New Skinny"! Dr. Andrea says, “The media has it all wrong and it’s got us all trippin’!  The average American woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 140 pounds. The average American model is 5’11” tall and weighs 117 pounds.”

Dr. Andrea will be joined by Blanche Williams and Andrea Owen.  Blanche, (www.greatnessbydesign.com ), is a former model, Sirius-XM Radio talk show personality, author, media literacy advocate, and management director for acclaimed documentary The Soul’s of Black Girls.  Involved with health, wellness and empowerment for over 10 years, Blanche believes that a healthy mind creates a healthy body. Andrea Owen is a life coach and speaker passionate about empowering women to value their character and access their 3 best selves: self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem. Andrea also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University San Marcos and personal training certification from the American Council on Exercise. She is currently hosting workshops sponsored by the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, helping young girls establish healthy self esteem and to help widen the definition of beauty.

Dr. Andrea will answer pertinent questions that include:

1.   What is “Total Life Transformation” all about for real women with real weight issues?
2.   Why do some of us hate the way we look?
3.   How can we boost our metabolism to increase weight loss?
4.   How can women come to love the bodies we have on the inside?
5.   What are ways to reduce the weight after the baby comes?
6.   How can we boost the esteem of our teens and prevent poor choices?

Airing weekly, Empowered for Life! With Dr. Andrea will discuss timely and relevant topics including wellbeing, weight loss and body image, eating disorders, health empowerment; she will even delve into tackling work/life balance, as well as lifestyle topics that cover beauty, travel, and relationships.

All media inquiries and interview requests should be directed to The Write Stylz Public Relations Firm.

Dr. Andrea Pennington, Dr. Andrea Pennington, a nationally renowned health expert and radio host, is the past Medical Director and Spokesperson for Discovery Health Channel and Discovery Health Online and has been featured on several TV programs such as CNN, Fox News, the Today Show, the Early Show – CBS, and Oprah. For over a decade Dr. Pennington has helped women through her medical practice and television shows to explore and release the painful trauma that has kept them from a life of joy. Dr. Pennington launched the “I Love You, Me! Women’s Empowerment Project with singer-songwriter, Meritxell, the new Peaches of legendary combo Peaches and Herb.  For more information, please visit www.PenningtonEmpowerment.com and www.ILoveYouMe.com .

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Release Date: 
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 12:53am
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Beauty, esteem, beauty, image, women, depression, disorders, weight, dr andrea, empowerment, Wellness
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