Anorexia In The Spotlight After Carpenter's Death

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The fact that Karen Carpenter had died due to complications of anorexia and prolonged starvation not only called the immediate attention to media, but also led to a burst of public interests in anorexia nervosa. The media widely publicized her death in articles and documentaries, emphasizing the gap between Karen’s glamorous life on surface and her underlying sense of loneliness. Newspapers called a “victim”, indicating that anorexia was something beyond one’s control and therefore was analogous to a contagious disease.The Washington Post titled the article “Anorexia in the Spotlight After Carpenter’s Death,” revealing that anorexia had affected as many as 150,060 American women. The public awareness of anorexia was further intensified when
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