Sinead Moriarty: What makes us take risks in quest for the body beautiful?
WHEN I heard the terrible news about the 18-year-old girl who bought diet pills on the internet and ended up having her colon removed, I wasn't surprised.
To be honest, I'm amazed it hasn't happened more often. Even back in my school days in the 1980s, some of the girls in my class were taking diet pills. Huge diet pills the size of grapes that they had either stolen from their mothers' bags or obtained from dodgy GPs who were known to be free and easy with their prescriptions.
We've all taken out our bikini and dreaded the idea of exposing ourselves in it. We think, 'If I could just lose a few pounds before the holidays it won't be so bad'.