READING 'FIFTY SHADES OF GREY' COULD BE BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH
Reading "Fifty Shades of Grey" may get your heart pumping, but a new study reveals it can also encourage young women to engage in risky behaviors. Researchers looked at 650 women between the ages of 18 and 24 and found that those who read the book were 25 percent more likely to have a partner who yelled or swore at them. Also, those who read the book were 34 percent more likely to have a partner who demonstrated stalking tendencies and 75 percent more likely to have followed a fad diet or fasted for more than 24 hours. Women in the study who read all three books in the series were 65 percent more likely to binge drink and 63 percent more likely to have had sexual intercourse with at least five men. Researcher Dr. Amy Bonomi says, "We recognize the depiction of violence against women in and of itself is not problematic, especially if the depiction attempts to shed serious light on the problem. The problem comes when the depiction reinforces the acceptance of the status quo, rather than challenging it."