Lovely BonesMar 24th, 2009 | By rochaelle | Category: Blog, Features, Rochaelle
There’s no doubt about it,anorexia kills. So why is it that every day n girls and boys as young as 8 head down this dangerous and ultimately damaging road?
Reports of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia have been around as early as 1689 and it is well reported that 1920′s society women skipped a meal or two to get the popular flat chested boyish “flapper” look of the age and to emulate the stars of the then brand-new silver screen.
In the past eating disorders were often a secretive and lonely affliction with the sufferer having no-one to turn to.Now in the 21st century in a world full of technological advances where no-one is ever more than 20 feet away from a wifi hotspot or their mobiles sufferers have turned to the web for comfort.In recent years there has been a sharp rise in “thinspiration” and pro-anorexia websites on blogging communities such as Xanga and Livejournal. On these sites girls swap tips on how to avoid hunger pangs,discussion on ”thinspirational” celebrities such as anorexia sufferer Mary Kate Olsen and a pre-pregnancy Nicole Richie and most importantly how to hide their increasingly skeletal figures from their loved ones.
Dominated by images of underweight women and pictures of obese people as “anti-thinspo” there are also quotes posted to warn anorexics about what could happen if they do not stick to their routines for example one site featured the “Ana Commandments”- Number 1:Nothing Tastes as good as thin feels.
An overwhelming number of these websites don’t seem to be run by actual anorexia sufferers more by girls and young women who want to drop a few pounds in order to look “hawt” in their Hollister bikini for their “hawt” Abercrombie-esque boyfriends. Joking aside, many medicla professionals are very concerend about the rise in these groups and that other girls are encouraging others to resist getting the medical attention that they need. Many offer advice and handy hints to users to enable them to dupe their medics and therefore making their jobs even more difficult.