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Monday, May 2, 2011

"Desperate Housewives" syndrome.

I came across an article that particularly intrigued me regarding eating disorders and the influence Desperate Housewives (my favorite TV show) has on women, particularly those who are classified as "middle aged."  The full article can be read here, but I've included a couple of quotes from the article below.

“There is an epidemic of disordered eating and body image despair,” says Dr. Maine, who is giving a talk on midlife eating disorders on Tuesday at a conference organized by the National Eating Disorder Information Centre in Toronto."

"Some researchers call it the “Desperate Housewives effect,” referring to the cultural influence of the hit TV series, in which improbably thin women in their 40s prance around in short shorts."

So, for those of you who watch Desperate Housewives, or for those of you who may have just seen commercials for the show or maybe have caught only an episode or two, do you think it is an accurate statement to say that the show could perpetuate eating disorders in the middle aged women age group??  I know I, personally have my own thoughts, mainly because I, myself, have compared myself to those "improbably thin women" on the show (even though I still tune in every week), but I would LOVE to hear what y'all have to say!!

As always, remember:  RECOVERY ROCKS!!

God bless


  1. As a male viewer of the show, I've never had this specific problem. I guess I do idolize them and, for a while, saw them (especially a certain redhead...)as a sexual ideal for women of that age. Coming to reality, and realize it's a TV show, I've cooled down on that quite a bit...

  2. Haha, nice. Yes, I think many male viewers probably share your opinions.