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Columbia Doctors Confront the "Thin Ideal"

 

For young women, the current cultural climate poses a constant threat to health. Every day brings with it a torrent of images of thinness - on television and billboards, in magazines and movies.  Social media websites (often dubbed as “pro-ana” forums) in particular advocate dangerous means of losing weight, often triggering eating disorders in female viewers.

 

To find out more, The Eye filmed a visit to the Columbia Center for Eating Disorders in Washington Heights and spoke with clinicians Allegra Broft and Rachel Marsh of the Eating Disorders Research Unit.

 

Read the full article, written by Andrea García-Vargas, in this week’s issue of The Eye.

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