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Body Image and the Demand to Be Attractive

Sociologist Barry Glassner's new book Bodies explores the pressures Americans face to conform to particular standards of health and beauty. He says this cultural expectation -- which even extends to the workplace -- has led to a proliferation of diet and exercise programs, which most participants are doomed to fail.

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Other segments from the episode on July 27, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 27, 1988: Interview with Barry Glassner; Review of Renata Tebaldi's self-title album; Interview with Penelope Spheeris; Commentary on authentic accents in films.

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