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The Skinny DilemmaAnorexia nervosa strikes a million Americans every year and one hundred fifty thousand die annually Brumberg 20 This outrageous number of deaths has unfortunately been increasing since the 1970s This deadly disease focuses its attention on young teenage girls The media gives out messages to promote their products and knowingly or unknowingly sends the message to young girls that they should and can look like the models on TV Immense pressure put on young girls to look good and to be thin The unfortunate consequence is that societys pressures to be thin cause girls to become anorexicThe cultural explanation postulates that anorexia nervosa is generated by a powerful cultural imperative that makes slimness the chief attribute of female beauty Brumberg 31 Most females think that if they are not slender men will not find them attractiveOne of my closest friends was anorexic for a year and a half and even when she was down to eight percent body fat she still thought that she was fat She thought that no guy would like her because she was too obese In fact she was so skinny she was ugly It took a lot of counseling and a lot of friendship to help her realize that she didnt have to be skin and bones to be attractive Quite the opposite is actually trueMost men I have talked to think skinny girls are unattractive They prefer the curvaceousness of the womans body the way it was designed Television films magazines and advertising are the main channels of communication which promote thinness in womenMany women believe that the models that they see on TV have typical bodies when in fact the ideal body type today is unattainable by most women even if they starve themselves Only the thinnest 5 of women in a normal weight distribution approximate this ideal which thus excludes 95 of American women Fallon Katzman Wooley 396 And yet more than half of the
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