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What were you thinking the last time you looked at a Victoria secret supermodel Chances are if you were a male or a female you admired the perfect figure those women maintain Generally people do set these women as role-models as to how the rest of the women in the world should look as well and some girls go beyond healthy grounds to achieve the cultural beautiful that is set for them Most would conclude that a girl that would stoop to thinking she could possibly be as skinny and perfect as a model is probably an insecure outcast whom just wants to be accepted well they are most definitely wrong in Reviving Ophelia chapter 9 Worshipping the Gods of Thinness four accepted young girls are interviewed and evaluated for serious eating disorders The first girl that we are introduced too seems to be as normal as can be or more commonly phrases as perfect as can be she was a gymnast with many friends and was outgoing She seemed to be happy until she turned about thirteen and the pressures of life began to weigh her down Her behavior was very maladaptive she takes a big risk by purging her meals in order to maintain in her mind what she thinks she should be However the outside influences that forced her to do this are actually justifiable all the pressure from gymnastics was ridiculous if the girls were not able to count their ribs clearly then they were to heavy and needed to lose weight Heidi who used bulimia as a strategy to control weight did not realize that it developed a life of its own Life for bulimic Heidi became a relentless preoccupation with eating and purging Heidi began to avoid the usual things that used to make her happy she would end dates with her boyfriend and avoid being around normal eaters Her pleasure was replaced by misery agitation and guilt The
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