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The disease anorexia nervosa that became widespread during the 1970s has been interpreted as a last-ditch attempt to control your most immediate surroundings: the shape and edges of your own body. It is an absolute response to a sense that we are powerless to make a mark on the physical world beyond our own consciousness. In the late 1990s interiors magazines now replicate the related bodily preoccupations of fashion and make-up by dealing obsessively with the make-over of the domestic ...

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