In 2012, in the United States, there were an estimated 108 million dieters who were collectively funding a $20 billion industry of diet books, diet plans, and weight loss surgeries. These statistics can seem rather abstract in isolation, but they are a telling explication of a deep-rooted obsession with being slim and conventionally beautiful. A lot is written about how lots of different media outlets propagate a certain narrative of beauty that is often unattainable. The loci of these debates are varied.
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