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22
Jul

skin and bones

Weight loss brings about a major health benefit, an aesthetic factor, and a feel-good factor, but if weight loss is brought by an eating disorder, this is already a problem.

These are the pro-anorexia and the pro-bulimia sites prowling the internet. Alarming that these websites promote anorexia and bulimia, even more disturbing are bloggers contending with what they coined as “thinspiration” where Facebook and Twitter updates are regularly sent to somebody’s mobile phone.

It is disturbing that these sites target the vulnerable young audience obsessing about skeletal figures that are already unhealthy. Double the fact that these sites are encouraging otherwise normal and healthy teens not to eat anything just to achieve the bones and skin figure that they promote.

Take a look at this example. A certain website has the “Thin Commandments” where it says “Thou shall not eat fattening food without punishing yourself afterwards,” also, “What the scale says is the most important thing. Some would even go as far to this extent:

They kill their bodies with fats and grease
but we give our bodies nothing at all.”

About 85% of very thin models are featured in these sites which hide a great deal of their eating disorder. 45% were observed to even impart certain instructions on how to hide eating disorders, such as stuffing clothes with certain weights, and drinking lots and lots of water before being weighed.

Studies also suggest that scores of people promoting these eating disorders are using it as their own identity; that more communication ensues with people who too are obsessed with bones and skin, and that a community as such exists – creating a certain notion that it is safe, and reinforcement that everything they’re doing is good.” Major search engines such as MSN and Yahoo have agreed to shut down these sites, though experts do not see so much of an improvement of the alarming situation.

Experts advise that parents need to be aware of this recurring problem because most of the time, these sites prolong the problem and the illness. A typical profile of a person with an eating disorder is someone highly intelligent and highly motivated perfectionists who are never satisfied and is constantly seeking control, and may also have anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder along with other mental health disorders.

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