I came across this blogpost by fracas today which is about the true faces of anorexia. It reminded me about my ‘Real Life?’ post and the size zero argument that followed. Size zero is becoming more and more normal here in the UK, I’ve seen several shops now selling them and I’ve seen many girls lately that would definitely fit in one.
Whole generations of teenagers are going to grow up believing that it is the ideal. The fashion industry ‘dictates’ who we are meant to be, how we are meant to look like. We are presented with photo-shopped and fake images of ‘beautiful’ people that have spent hours getting all their make up done. They don’t differ from us when they get up. They are not glamorous all day long.
Why do we strive to be like them?
In addition, Fracas lists the commandments of pro anorexia sites, such as Starving for Perfection:
Being thin is more important than being healthy
You must buy clothes, cut your hair, take laxatives, starve yourself, do anything to make yourself look thinner
Thou shall not eat without feeling guilty
Thou shall not eat fattening foods without punishing oneself afterwards
Thou shall count calories and restrict intake accordingly
What the scale says is the most important thing
Losing weight is good/ Gaining weight is bad
You can never be too thin
Being thin and not eating are true signs of willpower and success
Just how far do some women go to achieve something that in itself is unachievable?