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Affects adolescent girls most deeply and engendered

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Affects adolescent girls most deeply and engendered mental health implications One study measured effect of television on cultural norms in Fiji o Girls in Fiji were free of eating disorders common in the west in 1995 w/o TV o 11% of girls reported they had purged to lose weight at least once in 1998 once there were TVs Television brought “a social storm” of many dimensions o (1) It dislocated traditional clams o (2) It stimulated appetite for consumer goods nobody could afford One study had 520 girls fill out questionnaires and 300 agreed to interviews o 45% of girls reported having purged in the last month but also used appetite stimulants as well o Girls feared macake – disorder that suppresses appetite, invited thinness disparaged by traditional culture Social context of eating disorders in Fiji include violence and despair o Nearly 25% of girls had suicidal tendencies and thoughts Becker was searching for “pragmatic and moral solutions” o (1) Schools might take on mental health role o (2) Intervention w/ parents is limited option o (3) Epidemiology, ethnography, clinical medicine
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