It’s no secret that Americans have an unhealthy relationship with food. On the one hand, we are literally getting too fat to fight. On the other, magazines still showcase very thin models and actresses. So, after eating a low-calorie, heart-healthy breakfast of a DIY egg McMuffin following the previous evening’s sweaty yoga class, I thought I’d tackle this dichotomy.
Glamour, that pinnacle of feminism, is finally deigning to show models who aren’t toothpicks. Some of them, like Crystal Renn, are absolutely beautiful. But it should be noted that these women, while plus-size by modeling standards, would never garner negative attention in real life because of their weight. Regardless, it’s a refreshing change from the 1990s Heroin Chic — which seemingly began with Kate Moss’ jutting rib cage popping up on billboards everywhere. I should add the disclaimer that I’m not writing this to dump on thin women. Sayings like “real women have curves” only serve to further divide us.
You’ve probably seen, or at lead heard of, pro-anorexia websites. They often go by cute little nicknames: “pro-ana” or “pro-mia.” Kind of like the girls you sat next to in class. Except these girls will be your companion and guide through dangerous and potentially fatal psychiatric disorders!
Keep in mind that pro-anorexia websites are hardly a 2010 trend — they’ve been around for a while. However, they are still just as dangerous as ever. In a June 18th article called “Pro-ana Websites Abound,” Salon.com examined a study by Dina L.G. Borzekowski from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which researched 180 active pro-eating disorder websites. The study showed that “…83 percent provide forthright advice for maintaining eating disorders.” Moreover, they are “alarmingly easy to access and understand,” with “half written at less than a high school grade level.”
For the purpose of research, I did check out a few of these websites. One of them even has a “humor” section. This is largely where they make fun of fat women, or women whom they perceive as fat.
By the way, five to ten percent of anorexics die within ten years of the disease’s onset. LOL, indeed.