That, according to Mire (2005) in 2001, in Japan alone, the skin-whitening market was estimated to be worth US$ 5.6 billion?
That the fastest growing skin-whitening market in Asia is China? And that in 2001, China’s skin-whitening market was estimated to be over US$ 1.3 billion?
That a 2005 Bliss magazine survey found that four in ten teenage girls in the US have considered plastic surgery? And that two third of the 2,000 girls quizzed, average age 14, said the pressure came from celebrities with perfect bodies and boys?
That according to the American Psychiatric Association (1994) over 90% of patients with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa are women?
That smoking is a common method of weight loss being used today? That for the first time in history in the US, the smoking rate of girls surpasses that of boys, with the compelling motivation for this behavior being weight control (Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, US, 1995)?
That 40% to 50% of women smokers do so because they see it as a primary mean to control their weight? And that of these women, 25% will die of a disease caused by smoking (Wolf, 1992, p.229; Garner, 1997)?