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Unformatted text preview: Dieting (cont'd.) (cont' Cultural messages on the importance of being thin are clear. Television communicates to females the importance of being thin. For example, nearly 3/4 thin. of the female characters on the television are actually underweight; most of the males, underweight; however, are of average weight (Silverstein et al., 1986) 5 Eating Disorders Anorexia Nervosa characterized by body image disturbance (e.g., seeing oneself as fat even though emaciated) and refusal to maintain a minimal body weight. Starve out of fear of getting fat. Bulimia nervosa - characterized by binge eating, drastic weight control measures (such as vomiting) to compensate for binge eating episodes, and body image disturbance (Striegel-mMoore & Cachelin, 1999). (StriegelCach...
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