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In Susan McClellands article Distorted Images Western Cultures are Exporting Their Dangerous Obsession with Thinness Zahra Dhanani was put on her first diet at the age of 7 by her mother because she thought she would be better off happy if she was skinny She was on many diets but they did not work as well asanticipated When she was 13 she was irregularly taking craving suppressants at the age of 17 she was regurgitating and using laxatives to control her weight At 19 she began to recuperate when she identified with women in different cultures than hers Now she is content with her size she puts part of the responsibility on her eating illnesses on the media portraying certain images Body images might be one of the foulest distributes in the world due to what people see on television magazines movies the internetand stereotypes of specific body types This is leading to eating disorders in places they have never been before Body image concerns are much moredeep-rooted than weight Black women in South Africa still used damaging and destructive skin-bleaching creams in order to make their skin whiter because they believed it was prettier This makes people want to be like what they see in the media instead of their own cultureBigger was thought to be better until the 19th century because it represented the man being a valuable provider Eating illnesses are still common today diseases such as anorexia and bulimia even though there are records since medieval times Studies done in the United States on Hispanic Black and Asian college students prove that if they are put in to mainstream society they are susceptible to the same dieting pressures as their white peersCheryl McConney has experienced the burdens to adjust her body as well She is a successful talk show co-host but she is still worried about how
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