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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

“The Thin Club” How Anorexia and Bulimia became a fad: Today’s New Culture of Eating Disorders and How They’re Spreading

This thesis addresses the anorexic and bulimic culture of today’s adolescent and teenage girls. These eating disorders have become popular trends among teenage girls; they are seen as an attractive fad in the same way the styles and beauty trends are. Internet blogging has provided these girls with a new infrastructure in which to support their destructive behaviors. Girls from all over the country can band together and aid each other in their weight-loss endeavors. These “thin” blogs and web sites have become an enviable club to those girls struggling with or on the fringes of these diseases. This is an important issue to address because it is largely underground and unknown by the majority of society. Until it is addressed, these girls will continue to engage in unhealthy behaviors. Until it is addressed, this practice will continue without opposition.

Presenter: Rachel Howe (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Communication
Location: 204 Holmes
Time: 11:15 am (Session II)