Today I want to talk about eating disorders, specifically looking at anorexia, in France. One of the huge stereotypes of French women is that they’re thin and beautiful; this is very, very true. Particularly where I live, in Aix-en-Provence, the women are stunning. This is a great thing (particularly for the men) but can also be a bad thing.
Interestingly enough, whilst I was teaching, I would speak about the topic of pressure on women and eating disorders with my older students to get them talking. Everyone was so passionate and everyone had differing opinions on the subject. The main jury was that there’s almost more pressure on French women than other women in the world to be beautiful, because the women are so beautiful. Some students also confided in me about issues that they’ve had with their appearance. Despite that they’re beautiful, they feel a lot of pressure…
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