Recently, I came across an article about Cheerleaders wanting uniforms with more coverage. Though I was impressed with their courage, I couldn’t help but wonder why the head cheerleader had to go before the school board to plead her and her squad’s case instead of their cheer coach or school’s athletic director.
Senior Ariana Mesars stood in her midriff-baring uniform before the board saying, “It really hurts our self esteem, I am embarrassed to stand up here dressed like this. Is this really how you want Bridgeport to be represented?”
According to a new study of cheerleaders’ body image from the University of South Carolina, the cheerleader runs a serious risk of developing eating disorders. Assistant Professor Dr. Toni Torres-McGehee polled 136 college cheerleaders and found one-third of them to be at risk–particularly those who wear midriff-baring uniforms. The study also found that young women who wore immodest midriff-baring street clothes were at greater risk for body-image issues and other disorders.
Fortunately, black bodysuits are being purchased for the Bridgeport Central cheerleaders to wear under their uniforms. But my concern is not only for cheerleaders, but any girl who feels pressure from their schools or society to bare themselves.
This is just more evidence that immodesty can be destructive and even life-threatening.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body,” (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
What timely advice for the cheerleader in all of us.