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NOVA: Dying to Be Thin

Resource Type

Video - Parent/Child


Product Description A 14-year-old looks at her image and says, "I see somebody that is fat and ugly and a disappointment." She is like a growing number of young American girls afflicted with such eating disorders as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Tormented by an irrational fear of being fat, an estimated eight million young women are torturing themselves?sometimes to death. It's no wonder eighty percent of women are dissatisfied with their bodies. Driven by the waif-like images flooding the media of popular actresses, models, dancers and celebrities?who can weigh nearly twenty-five percent less than the average American woman?young girls are obsessed with an unattainable image of perfection.


All Ages

Age Groups

School Age (6-12), Adolescence (13-21)




2004 Wgbh Boston

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