It has often been noted that contemporary American popular culture is marked by an obsession with thinness and weight loss. At the same time, there is a worldwide epidemic of overweight and obesity. Many people strive to lose weight for health or aesthetic reasons. Most use healthy methods such as decreasing their caloric intake and/or increasing their physical activity. Some use unhealthy methods such as abusing stimulants, laxatives, or diuretics or intentionally acquiring gastrointestinal infections. For some people, weight loss becomes an obsession, ...

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