To the Editor: The obsession with thinness
in contemporary society has been cited as a contributing factor for the increase
in eating disorders, particularly in young women.1
Recent studies have found that as many as 50% to 75% of adolescent girls are
dissatisfied with their weight and their body image.2
Professions in which there are strong pressures to control body weight, such
as athletics and dance, exhibit higher rates of eating disorders.3 Beauty pageants are another tradition through
which society defines its ideal of beauty, including body weight and shape.
The horizontal line represents the World Health Organization's BMI
cutoff point for undernutrition (18.5).5
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