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    Default France poised to outlaw the promotion of extreme thinness

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080415/...rance_anorexia

    I'm sure this sort of law would go nowhere in the U.S. with all the free market ideologues (many well-funded) whining about a "nanny-state". The Brigham Young professor remarks that it is nearly impossible to prove that the media results in eating disorders. I would say it's just as impossible to show that media results in people smoking. Yet we ban smoking advertisements--presumably because we acknowledge there is an effect. I firmly believe media influences people's habits--and often adversely. Advertising wouldn't be a billion dollar industry if it didn't work.
    Last edited by matclone; 04-15-2008 at 11:30 AM.

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