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Despite media messages, anorexia and bulimia are not normal

December 8th, 2005

In this editorial, Gaia Veenis from the San Diego State University campus newspaper comments on eating disorders, celebrity and media imagery, and notes that anorexia and bulimia are often not taken seriously among college women emulating popular media icons.

As if pressure to fit in isn’t enough, the endless parade of ultra-thin women in fashion magazines, films and television constitutes an even more powerful influence.

Women such as Aniston and Stefani are expected to look good for their careers in the entertainment industry, but they influence women everywhere, who subsequently feel they’re also expected to be thin.

However, it’s not feasible for most ordinary women to achieve star-quality, rail-thin bodies without having personal chefs, trainers and hours to devote to fitness each day. Worse, it’s really frustrating to be dieting and exercising and still not be able to fit into a size four outfit like the glamour icons do. Such disappointment can be the first step toward developing an eating disorder.

It may seem normal for someone to restrict his or her eating, but when starvation and self-induced vomiting become factors, serious health risks follow.


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