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BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 21 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1002

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    Are the media to blame for eating disorders?

    The media may peddle images that make women unhappy with their bodies, but they are not responsible for eating disorders. That's the view of Kenneth Dunn, professor of psychological development at Sydney University. Professor Dunn told a debate at the Maudsley Hospital this month: “The media causes profound dissatisfaction in the female population but does not cause anorexia nervosa.”

    Arguing for the motion “This house believes that the media is to blame for eating disorders” was Melanie Katzman, a consultant psychologist from New York, and William Bose, a spokesman …

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