Monday, November 22, 2010

How Super Skinny TV Stars Are Harming Our Health

Jutting collar bones, ­Twiglet legs and razor-sharp cheek bones. It wasn’t so long ago that these were unenviable signs that a woman had lost too much weight or, worse, was suffering from an eating disorder.
Now, however, it’s hard to think of a female celebrity who isn’t that thin — not just models and actresses, but news­readers and children’s TV presenters. So much so that women and children not only view skeletal frames as normal, but as something they wish to emulate.

There has been an 80 per cent rise in young girls being hospitalised with ­anorexia in the past ten years. And body dissatisfaction is affecting younger and younger children.

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