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About Emily Fox-Kales

Emily Fox-Kales, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and body image disturbance. She is Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University, and Academic Specialist at Northeastern University where she teaches film, psychology and popular culture studies. She is also Clinical Associate at McLean Hospital/Harvard University and Executive Director of the Feeding Ourselves Program.


How do movie star bodies and celebrity culture influence the way real girls and women feel about their own size and shape? What effect can popular films have on everyday eating behavior and exercise rituals? Body Shots shows how Hollywood films, movie stars, and celebrity media create an “eating disordered culture” where food has become more taboo than sex ever was—and the bathroom scale more challenging a confrontation than the confessional booth.