The Wall Street Journal: Girls and Dieting, Then and Now

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But studies also show that self-starvation in girls can be triggered by media images, including Internet sites promoting anorexia and bulimia as lifestyle choices. Among the pitch lines used on these sites: "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels." On one recent "Pro-Ana" blog, a woman suggested a 30-hour group fast and received 64 responses such as "I can't wait to do this fast with you. Thirty hours food-free sounds like heaven" and "I'm with you. Down to the bones."