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Module 2 --- Article 1 OF NOTE ©Copyright 2011 MWK Publishing LLC; from The Complete Practitioner: Mental Health Applications (Vol. 4, No. 8 -- August 2001) For next article, go to next page. Among adolescent girls, frequent reading of women’s health and fitness magazines is associated with the use of unhealthy weight-control practices and higher levels of eating-disordered cognitions. A survey of 498 females, ages 15 to 18, was conducted at 2 suburban, predominantly white, middle-class high schools. Moderate to strong correlations were found between engaging in unhealthy weight-control practices and frequent reading of women’s health and fitness magazines. Also, adolescents who reported being frequent readers of the magazines were more likely (than moderate or infrequent readers) to report eating-disordered cognitions (ie, rigid weight and eating regulation, the belief that weight and eating are tied to social approval and acceptance, and an excessive, if not compulsive, drive for self-control). The authors note that because the data
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