What are some of the reasons many women feel compelled to diet?

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There are various reasons:

  • Television, billboards, fashion magazines, and even medical information often encourage us to internalize weight-based stereotypes.
  • Modeling agencies consider size 10 to be "plus size," though the average American woman wears a size 12.
  • We often hear advertisements enticing us to be good (eat salad) or be bad (eat cake), as if our worth as individuals can be measured by the foods we choose.
  • Even medical and insurance charts listing heights and weights do not take into consideration the natural variations in body size. As a result, food often elicits feelings of guilt, indulgence, and fear.
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