The media & eating disorders

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The media are held responsible for the supposed growth of eating disorders in the country. To what extent is this true? In this short article I would like to separate myth from fact, and to provide the reader with some articles that might help them decide which is cause and which is effect.

What is the media?

The media is an important aspect of life in our culture. About 95% of people own a TV set and watch for an average of three to four hours per day. By the end of the last century over 60% of men and 50% of women read a newspaper each day and nearly half of all girls, from the age of seven read a girls’ magazine each week. In addition, people interact with a wide variety of other media such as music delivered by CDs or videos, and communications via personal computers.
Each form of medium has a different purpose and content. The media seek to inform us, persuade us, entertain us and change us. The media also seeks to engage large groups of people so tha

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