You know, people are diet crazy. It's a given fact. But when this gets into a child's head...
you're asking for trouble.
Many teenagers and pre-teens are literally starving themselves, puking, going on crash diets or thrieving to be skinny. I'm not even saying thin, I'm saying skinny. The word itself. People are dying here. There are many things that have been heavily influencing why kids these days think this.
I know you have at looked into a Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Nylon, Lucky, ect. at least once in your life. If you have the money for a computer and internet connection, I think you're able to read a magazine, or at least look at the pictures. Which is what everyone does, anyways. There are editorials and photo shoots with very skinny models to an unatural healthy. It's promoting the desperation for losing weight.
Runway shows that are not for plus size fashions only have skinny models. A lot of people in fashion have to watch these shows for their jobs. Most kids who want a career in fashion are more likely to through some sort of eating disorder.
Don't believe me? Fine. But coming from a kid, another key factor for this is the kids' parents. You know, the ones on the diets themselves? By calling yourself fat, parents, you are giving your kids an image of "fat" to them. And usually, their weight will be similar to yours due to genetics. What does that mean? They'll be "fat" as adults, too. And they diet.
If you are overweight or obese according to your doctor, then there is no need to diet.
Losing weight is from diet and excersize.