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How does our culture's view of the body affect our health?

Dr. Kathleen Hall
Preventive Medicine
Our current culture is awash in mixed messages about the body. While our Puritan heritage viewed the naked body as shameful or deviant, popular magazines, advertisements, television and movies bombard us with gratuitous nudity and hypersexuality. We live in a Barbie-doll culture where expectations are confusing and ambivalent. Unrealistic body images result in an epidemic of eating disorders and sexual confusion. As a result of this cultural onslaught, many of us live in a constant state of anxiety and obsession with the next great diet, miracle drug, exercise machine, or diet guru.
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