Cher was the first woman to regularly…

Cher was the first woman to regularly display her belly button on television, becoming the first woman to do so in front of a live studio audience in 1971. Cher once commented, “There were so many things that were censored—ideas and words. All I know is I got in trouble for showing my belly button.” People magazine dubbed Cher “Pioneer of the Belly Beautiful”.

Within 3 years of TV catching on in Fiji …

Within 3 years of TV catching on in Fiji in 1995, over 11% of girls reported purging to lose weight in a country previously free of eating disorders. In 2007 the same researcher organized a sample study group and reported a startling increase in this number, to 45%. Along with this, came the ideation of “rich, cosmopolitan” lives, and an overall increase in mental health issues.