Fast Girls

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Anorexia Nervosa seems to be associated with the importance of a super lean female figure and I wanted to get a better understanding on the history of the disease. I had selected two other books Unbearable Weight Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body and Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930's but I chose the one I did because anorexia is such a problem in pop culture right now I thought it would be interesting to find out more about it...
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The main topic of this book is the birth of the term "anorexia nervosa" during the 19th century which is defined as the "absence of appetite". Brumberg gives historical evidence that as early as the 13th century, women in medieval Europe refused food and engaged in prolonged fasting. To support the title "Fasting Girls" she cites examples, actual cases, where females abstained from food or were thought to have consumed only a few morsels daily...
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