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Media Obsessed Starvation, and other myths.

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We have models to turn to for beauty.

There they walk, long legged, ravishing, adored. Here we sit, gawking, envious, infatuated.

For years, media trends have informed us that whomever stands in the limelight serves as the plastic mold of perfection currently worthy of obsession from all women and men, that we must arrange our appearance as afterthoughts of their greatness, as testaments to the beautiful and glamorous. It just so happens, that come the last fifty years, our public icons are disappearing. Not from the limelight, not from the runways, but from beneath their dresses and into their bones.  

Some people inherit their thinness as fortunate combinations of genes delivered by chance. Others die for it. When a nation is told to turn to models for definitions of grace, glamour, poise, and the models at hand happen to wear negative sizes and skin-tight jeans, what does the full figured follower do? Diet? Indeed, each year our country produces new trends, tabloids, editorials and books concerning the latest dieting fads. Somehow, the differences between dieting and dying for beauty have smudged and left the world agape with confusion; a ‘somehow’ we attribute to the only modern advancement capable of churning out limitless controversies – the internet.  

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The internet contributes to our lives a source of faceless community, a universal spread of the human conscious for all to probe and speculate over. Businesses, artistic endeavors, countless enterprises and social circles capitalize on the immediate connection offered by our wireless world, and now, so do groups of pro-anorexic people interested in collaborating forces. For some people, anorexia is a snide joke – as inappropriately and commonly as turbans subject to taliban humor – but for others, others who daily suffer over their gradual starvation, anorexia is an all-consuming disease directed toward destruction. And now, with a simple click on the computer screen, we’re allowing hundreds of endangered people to support it. 

Initially, a mere several blogs began posting dieting tips and inspirational photographs to motivate men and women to pursue an anorexic lifestyle. Blog followers would respond with their input concerning anorexic endeavors, helping others to negotiate the rough tides of self imposed starvation, like reverse self-help communities primarily interested not in recovery, but in furthering the perfection of anorexic tactics.  

One individual who created a website entitled, “Pro-Ana Nation,” discusses the three major subcategories of the pro-anorexia movement online. “The first movement rejects the idea that anorexia and bulimia are eating disorders…” says the creator of Pro-Ana Nation. “Anorexia and bulimia are often personified.”  

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    Promising article, but the inclusion of pictures such as the one on the last page lower the tone; was that really necessary, especially when you’re saying potentially triggering things? And I doubt that 90% of women go through anorexia; maybe 90% of women exhibit signs of disordered eating at one point or another, but it’s not true that nearly all women starve themselves. Anyway, I try to be polite and understanding, but people who glorify anorexia are sick and cruel; hey, let’s all support each other as we kill ourselves slowly, just so that we can control something and/or look like what the fashion industry thinks is the ‘ideal woman’. Gross. Get help or eat properly; don’t take people down with you.

  • That is freaking ulgy

  • Natalie

    I enjoyed the article, though I take issue with the statistc that 90% of women are anorexic….that’s just not true. It’s more like 1 in 100 women, which is still a staggering number. I agree that ProAna blogs are detrimental to the ED population. It’s an issue that cannot be discussed too often but that I don’t think will ever go away, especially on the streets of New York City. We live in a place where fame is built upon public image and taken away when that cultivated image no longer fits society’s vision of beauty, or success—the two terms are often interchangeable.