Even those who find chick lit to be a guilty pleasure have never argued very much about whether or not the genre might be dangerous to your intellect. However, as it turns out, it might actually also be dangerous to your health, or so Nina Bahadur, posits for The Huffington Post:
Readers of “chick lit,” beware — the woman-targeted fiction genre might not be as harmless as it seems. Reading about a protagonist with low body-esteem could affect how you feel about your own appearance.
New research from Virginia Tech suggests that chick-lit novels with protagonists who express negative feelings about their bodies can influence readers’ weight concerns and how they perceive their own sexual attractiveness.
There’s much more of this, and it’s all here.