Formerly Obese Teenagers Are at High Risk for Eating Disorders

Today in America's Holy War on Obesity, teenagers who "beat" fatness and manage to become thin (MISSION ACCOMPLISHED BANNER) are at a significant risk of developing eating disorders and unlikely to have those disorders diagnosed. Because, hey, thinness is the goal—not health. Thinness is everything, thinness is the… » 9/10/13 10:20am 9/10/13 10:20am

Lauren Hutton: Fashion's Dominated By Men "Pissed Off That They're Not…

In a cover interview with Net-A-Porter's magazine, the iconic model and actress Lauren Hutton, perhaps best known for playing Richard Gere's adulterous employer-turned-pro bono love interest in American Gigolo (nobody else actually saw that? K), has some Opinions About The Fashion Industry that might raise your… » 4/20/13 1:30pm 4/20/13 1:30pm

Hashbrowns and Hashtags: How Will Instagram Stay Ahead of Photos That…

Instagram has 80 million users and they're growing fast, and with that, moderating the quickly expanding community is a mounting concern. For Beat, a British nonprofit that helps people struggling with eating disorders, the concern is with hashtags and images that celebrate disordered eating and emaciated bodies.… » 1/03/13 11:45pm 1/03/13 11:45pm

When the World Is Your Therapist: Lady Gaga's Eating Disorder Is a…

Every so often, a celebrity will "come out" about her past struggle with an eating disorder. These stars are almost always women, and they are almost always "better" by the time they make a public statement. They are also almost always slender. Just this week, Katie Couric admitted that she had "wrestled with bulimia… » 9/26/12 11:40am 9/26/12 11:40am

Why Do We Ignore Eating Disorders in Boys?

Only a decade or so ago, experts believed that eating disorders were largely a girls' disease. 95% of sufferers of anorexia and bulimia are female, said the common line. But now, some experts are warning that we've been overlooking a massive, heartbreaking problem: as many as 20 to 30% of people suffering from eating… » 9/13/12 3:20pm 9/13/12 3:20pm

Pro-Anorexia Content Still Flourishes Despite the Internet Police’s…

The results of Pinterest and Tumblr's efforts to remove posts from their sites that promote eating disorders have so far been underwhelming. Last month, Pinterest, momentarily "caught off guard" by the amount of pro-anorexia posts and discussion threads, promised to limit the number of photos labeled "thinspiration"… » 4/16/12 11:55pm 4/16/12 11:55pm

Well, That Was Quick — Looks Like Pinterest Just Banned 'Thinspo' Boards

Today, popular microblogging social media site Pinterest posted updated terms of use to explicitly bar posting content that others may find emotionally distressing or that risks encouraging physical or mental illness. So does this mean that pro-anorexia "thinspo" boards will have to find a new home? » 3/23/12 7:47pm 3/23/12 7:47pm

'Underweight' Models Banned in Israeli Advertisements

In the past few years, we've heard rumblings of different laws in different countries, with the same goal: To keep advertisers and magazines from using super-skinny models. In France, Parliament voted in favor of a bill that outlaws "publicly inciting extreme thinness." An ad in the UK was banned because the model had… » 3/20/12 12:15pm 3/20/12 12:15pm

The Scary, Weird World of Pinterest Thinspo Boards

If you venture deeply enough into the bowels of the internet, you can find some pretty shocking stuff. But you barely have to scratch the surface to discover the world of pro-ana "thinspo" blogs — online forums where women with eating disorders commiserate and encourage each other with pictures of emaciated women and… » 3/19/12 1:50pm 3/19/12 1:50pm

Researchers Say Anorexia Is a Socially Transmitted Illness

Economists in Europe studied anorexia and body image. You will be shocked, shocked that they concluded in part that the "social and cultural environment" influences how women feel about their bodies, our understanding of what comprises an "ideal" body, and our behaviors: » 3/02/12 1:45pm 3/02/12 1:45pm

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Tumblr to Ban Pro-Eating Disorder Blogs and Content

Blog hosting service Tumblr announced today that a new type of content will be banned from its platform: blogs that promote self-harm, like eating disorders or suicide. In addition, users who search for tags associated with that sort of site — thinspo, for example — will be directed to an announcement that will… » 2/23/12 9:00pm 2/23/12 9:00pm

Romanian 'Model' With 20-Inch Waist A Fave of Pro-Ana Porn Site

After the Daily Mail ran a story about Ioana Spangenberg, an 84 lb. model with a 20-inch waist (which becomes even smaller when she wears her corset) I naturally watched a YouTube clip of her impossible Barbie-Doll-come-to-life proportions in motion and couldn't help but wonder, "What the fuck does she even model?" I… » 2/06/12 3:30pm 2/06/12 3:30pm

Anorexic, Pregnant, Or Burrito Grande? Fox News Has You Covered

No news outlet offers more thorough coverage of the issues than Fox News. Rather than just telling people there's a problem with weight scrutiny in the media, yesterday they showed them by running an interview with Growing Pains actress Tracey Gold about her struggle with anorexia directly above a slideshow titled,… » 12/02/11 9:50am 12/02/11 9:50am

Five-Year-Olds Treated For Anorexia: Are Celebrities To Blame?

Today there are even more depressing statistics about children and eating disorders. According to statistics released by British hospitals, more than 2,100 children were treated for eating disorders before they turned sixteen, including 98 five to seven-year-olds. Experts are blaming celebrity culture for celebrating… » 8/01/11 10:32pm 8/01/11 10:32pm