My daughter came home the other day and announced that "all the girls in school are on a diet. We all decided to diet together." My daughter doesn't need to diet and, even if she was a few pounds too heavy, I get frightened at the idea of girls dieting. So many seem to develop eating disorders. Fortunately, my daughter doesn't seem to be taking this "diet" too seriously and is eating normally, at least around us. However, she has two friends who are going to the extreme. One, she says, has lost ten pounds in two weeks and will only drink diet Coke and chew gum and have one or two bites at lunch. The other is a dancer and VERY thin, but was told by somebody (I don't know who) that she'll get further in her dancing career (she wants to dance professionally one day) if she loses ten pounds. This child can't be more than 90 pounds already and my daughter says she never eats. She is forced to buy lunch at school, but she just pushes the food around then throws it away. I get very upset at the push to be "skinny" in our society. I really wonder how many girls have eating disorders. And this group "dieting" mindset...most of these girls are already thin. Kind of scary. Well, just throwing it out there to see how others feel about this. I wish being a healthy weight was coveted rather than looking like (at the risk of dating myself ) Twiggy????