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Extreme dieting and exercise are two risk factors for developing eating disorders, says Christine Tortolani, Ph.D., staff psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital and an adjunct assistant professor at Brown University.

Extreme weight loss: media’s misplaced message

By Phyllis Hanlon

Thin is in. Or so various media sources would have the general public believe. Magazines, newspapers and now reality shows are promoting the message that excessive dieting and exercise regimens can help achieve unrealistic body images. While some individuals may experience weight loss, what is the ultimate price? Stuart Koman, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Walden Center and Walden Behavioral Care, indicates that television networks have tapped into the major American preoccupation with food and weight. “When you think about what’s going on in our society, it’s a national obsession. You can’t go anywhere without being bombarded with the [More]