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Media Making Teens Too Fat-Focused?

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LOS ANGELES (KFWB NEWS TALK 980)  — It’s a question that at some point every woman asks and no man wants to answer: “does this make me look fat?”

While Americans have long adopted personal fitness into their everyday lifestyle, one author says that negative media messages and “fat talk” has turned our focus on health into an unhealthy fixation, especially for our teenagers.

Body image expert and doctor in child and teen development, Dr. Robyn J.A. Silverman, author of the book “Good Girls Don’t Get Fat, says weight obsession could be hurting our young girls.

Author and Dr. Robyn J.A. Silverman talks to KFWB’s Maggie McKay about how we can help teens thrive in an image-obsessed society.

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