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An epidemic of beauty sickness | Renee Engeln | TEDxUConn 2013

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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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