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20 March 1992 (Australia) See more »
Women's bodies and the cultural ideal [Video]
Documents the contemporary obsession with an unrealistic body size and shape among North American women and the eating disorders it engenders. | Add synopsis »
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Rebecca Jenkins ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Katherine Gilday 
Writing credits
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Katherine Gilday 

Produced by
Katherine Gilday .... producer
Paul Jay .... executive producer
Signe Johansson .... producer
Original Music by
Russell Walker 
Cinematography by
Joan Hutton 
Film Editing by
Petra Valier 
Sound Department
Diane Carrière .... sound
Marc Chiasson .... sound
Tony Currie .... sound editor
Chaim Gilad .... sound
Mark Holden .... sound
Penny Hozy .... sound editor
Michele Moses .... sound
Ross Redfern .... sound
Peter Sawade .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Barry Stone .... cinematographer: main title sequence

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
dry but informative, 16 November 2010
Author: Michael Neumann from United States

Women's diets and eating disorders are the subjects of this dry but informative Canadian documentary. Miracle weight-loss cures are, of course, nothing new, but only in the image obsessed 1980s did the need to lose weight become such a dangerous compulsion. The physical and psychological effects of forced starvation are illustrated with chilling candor (one undernourished model expresses envy when shown a photo of Karen Carpenter taken just before the singer died from anorexia), but the various causes (cultural trends, consumer pressure) are sometimes analyzed half to death. One expert claims men are at fault for promoting unrealistic standards of beauty as a way of maintaining control over women; another blames Feminism for its almost militant competitive agenda. Fingers are pointed, but no easy solutions are offered, except the cautionary fact that prolonged dieting can actually make it easier to gain weight, leading to a vicious (and occasionally fatal) cycle of malnutrition.

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