Body Image 101: Like it or not, studies show attractive people have an edge in everything from being hired to being set free (yes, they are less likely to be found guilty at trials), according to a report from the Social Issues Research Centre in Britain.
But aspiring to an unrealistic standard of beauty can lead to destructive eating disorders, which is what happened to actress Portia de Rossi.
Phoebe Flowers of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reflects on the buzz around De Rossi's new book, "Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain," which hit bookstores Monday. De Rossi was on the TV series "Ally McBeal" and currently appears in "Better Off Ted." " 'Unbearable Lightness,' begins in 1997, the year before she joined 'McBeal' — the show on which, she says, her anorexia and bulimia took off in step with her career," Flowers writes on the paper's blog the Skinny.
In the commentary, Flowers also reflects on her younger, skinny-girl self (no, she didn't have an eating disorder) who once defended razor-thin celebrities but now has abandoned that stance in a more critical look at how society helps create extreme eating disorders.