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How do articles on dieting affect a girl's risk of eating disorders?

Michele Borba
Psychology
A five-year study of 2516 teens by the American Psychological Association found that girls who frequently read dieting and weight loss articles are far more likely to fast, vomit, or use laxatives to lose weight. In fact, the data found that the more frequently a girl sees those over-sexualized images, the more likely she is to resort to extreme weight control behaviors. I don't think it's a mere coincidence that we're also seeing a tragic increase of eating disorders in girls who are seven and eight years of age.
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