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NOVA Examines Eating Disorders Tonight on PBS

In tonight’s PBS presentation, “Dying to be Thin,” NOVA examines the epidemic of eating disorders plaguing America’s youth and the fashion industry’s contribution to the problem. The documentary shows the conflict so many American girls and women, and to a lesser degree boys and men, endure when bombarded by images of stick-thin supermodels. Too often, the desire to have the body of a runway model results in severe eating disorders, and even death. “Dying to be Thin” shows the mental and physical effects of eating disorders, speaks to the neurological cause of some eating disorders, and gives viewers a glimpse of a one time “super-thin supermodel” who has taken on a healthy lifestyle and real body.

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New York Times _ December 12, 2000; NOVA

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