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Women’s magazines damage women’s health

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 12 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4680
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

On holiday in the sun, you download books to your Kindle that you know you’ll never read, take lots of clothes but wear only one pair of shorts, check your email even though you vowed you wouldn’t, sloppily apply sun cream so you look like a tartan blanket the next day, and still listen to the Today programme. The children still fight; same stress, different country. And you end up reading not your short history of modern China but the magazines someone left in the apartment.

These have half dressed bleached blonde women in bikinis on …

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