Psychologist Randall Flanery, PhD, and Holly Hoff, program director of the National Eating Disorders Association, fear the psychological effects of the ABC program Are You Hot? The Search for America’s Sexiest People on viewers. They are concerned that the insistence of the show’s celebrity judges on finding physical “flaws” with the male and female contestants, all of whom possess ridiculously attractive bodies already, perpetuates the unrealistic media image of beauty and may inspire dangerous eating disorders, especially among young girls. Theirs is a valid concern, so be sure to stress health and fitness over physical “perfection” with your clients.
Source: WebMD Medical News (February 28, 2003)
A recent report commissioned by the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization recommends that any sugar other than that naturally available in honey, syrups and fruit juices constitute less than 10 percent of people’s daily calories to help combat the obesity epidemic. In defense of industries such as his, Richard Adamson, vice president of scientific and technical affairs for the U.S. National Soft Drink Association, says that limiting sugar consumption makes it only more appealing and that people need to exercise and moderate their intake of all foods and beverages.
Source: MSNBC (March 3, 2003)
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