A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics reveals that reading dieting articles can be unhealthy. During the 5 year study, teenage girls, who frequently read magazine articles about dieting, were more likely five years later to practice extreme weight loss measures than girls, who never read any articles.
Middle school girls, who read dieting articles, were twice as likely five years later to try and lose weight fasting or smoking cigarettes. They were also three times more likely to use measures such as vomiting or taking laxatives.
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