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Monday 23 October 2017

Stick-thin Cher is bad for women's health -- doctor

Cher Lloyd's stick-thin frame will have an impact on women's health, a new study claims.

Aric Sigman, a psychologist, is urging a crackdown on the number of thin women on television.

He believes there is clear evidence to show that the abundance of skinny women on screen has become a medical issue. He wants to see "assertive guidance" on the impact of images on female health, claiming the effects are strong and immediate.

"Of course one isn't blaming it entirely on the media, but it is a very powerful link in that chain and it has evaded the degree of importance that it has to accept," said Dr Sigman.

"The idea that the media is being used as a scapegoat and that it's the whipping boy of body dissatisfaction and eating disorders is not an acceptable riposte any more. Times have changed."

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