New PDF release: Body Shots: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders

By Emily Fox-Kales

Combining the analytical instruments of cinema experiences with insights from medical perform all in favour of consuming problems, physique photographs deals a compelling case for common media literacy to strive against the results of the "eating disordered tradition" represented in Hollywood productions and well known photographs of megastar lifestyles.

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