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Published on Oct 21, 2013
Girls grow up hearing both implicit and explicit messages suggesting that the most important attribute they can strive for is beauty. The chronic focus on beauty directs cognitive, financial, and emotional resources away from other more important goals. Dr. Engeln considers whether there is hope for treating the epidemic of beauty sickness and what it might be like to live in a world where women feel free to spend less time in front of the mirror and more time changing the world.
Dr. Engeln is a psychology professor and body image researcher at Northwestern University. She is the author of "Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women" (Harper, 2017). For more information, go to beautysick.com.
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