One of my professors recently pointed out that all women’s magazines share two common elements on their covers: a weight-loss regimen and a picture of a fantastic dessert. An interesting observation about the mixed signals sent to women in our culture, I thought, although I’m sure she’s exagerating how often the tactic can be found. She’s not. Start paying attention; I’d say 90 percent of these magazines feature these two elements.

No wonder our kids suffer from eating disorders.