‘Italy Cured Her Eating Disorder’
Katherine Wilson
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I wanted to post an angry comment a while ago but I thought I would post some data instead. CEP reports have consistently found Italy to be one of the European countries with the highest impact of eating disorders (http://cep.lse.ac.uk/pubs/download/dp1098.pdf). The same reports have consistently highlighted how Italian women both have the lowest BMIs in Europe and are exposed to the highest volume of media pressure to lose weight. In fact, the Italian media at large is still very much not in touch with the body-positive movement (most hilariously here: http://www.lettera43.it/cultura/il-resto-del-carlino-le-cicciottelle-sono-una-lezione_43675256460.htm but also almost everywhere else). Eurostat data suggests that about 50% of Italian women are in full-time employment (http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Employment_statistics), leaving the slow-food freshly prepared and consumed in compagnia a weekend-based activity if that. So while the swirly writing and soft-focus pictures are lovely, please keep in mind the whole picture.

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