Parents outraged over swimsuit article aimed at young children

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — You may expect to see articles about your shape or how to get fit in a women’s magazine. A publication geared towards young girls has to answer questions about one of its articles.

The headline was “What swimsuit best suits you?” The article give style suggestions for girls who are “curvy on top,” “straight up and down” or “rounder in the middle.”

Discovery Girls Magazine, which is catered toward girls eight to 12 years old, published it in their May edition. The description for the publication is “created by girls for girls.”

Parents say the article introduces body image issues to girls.

Many people have posted and re-posted pictures of the article on Facebook with their reactions, like “Then we wonder why girls have body issues” and “Absolutely horrible.”

The comments seen on Twitter are no better. One reads, “Hey Discovery Girls, why not include diet tips/surgical options with this? Your readers are nine, after all.

The publisher has admitted the mistake, saying “The article was supposed to be about finding cute, fun swimsuits that make girls feel confident, but instead, it focused on girls’ body image and had a negative impact.”

Parents are not buying the apology. A recent study shows that one out of four children are starting some kind of dieting behavior by the time they’re seven years old.

More than half of girls 6-8 think their ideal weight is thinner than their current size. Parents feel promoting a right and wrong way to look is simply wrong.

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