The Valpo Core Reader


Angela Seitz

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Argument Essay

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My friend Vicky Vassallo had it all. She was a co-captain of the soccer team, Homecoming Queen, achieved near-perfect grades and was well-liked by her peers. But Vicky never saw herself the same way that everyone else viewed her: Vicky saw herself as being ugly, stupid, and fat. Although I knew that Vicky did not see herself as being "thin enough," I was completely surprised to receive a call from her mother one day informing me that Vicky was in the hospital for anorexia nervosa. Because of the traditional link created for women between physical appearance and personal worth, between self-confidence and self-image, women who feel unattractive and thus unhappy, oftentimes assume they are not thin enough.