Mind Over Mirror

When she was 14, as Nicole Townsend agonized about the sort of girl she was, and how she looked compared to her friends, what began to take hold was a feeling that she didn't like herself very much. She figured losing a few kilograms would take her closer to perfection, but when that didn't work she set about losing more. By last Christmas, now 18, her weight had plunged from 55 kg to 32 kg. Racked by headaches and too weak to leave the house, she was often irrational yet also cunning in the ways she foiled her mother's attempts to...

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