Friday, July 20, 2007


It looks like the media hoopla about obesity is encouraging girls to keep their weight down:
Speaking at a home economics forum in Brisbane today, a University of Sydney researcher Dr Jenny O'Dea says the rate of eating disorders among teenage girls has doubled since the last survey in 2000.

Dr O'Dea says teenage girls are being influenced by media reports about obesity.

"I think what's happened is there's been a big media panic about child obesity, there's been a lot of talk about obesity there's been a lot of hysteria," she said.

"There's been a moral panic about obesity and I think the teenage girls are picking up on that, girls from all different social class levels."
Jeez, I must be getting old; I can remember back when "moral" actually related to matters moral.


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