Anorexia Ad Campaign

Submitted by: marencolleen 8 years ago in Science
http://jezebel.com/310145/anorexic-model-on-recent-weight-gain-weird-freckles

A 55-pound woman speaks out.
There are 86 comments:
Female 189
the thing is she`s not ugly in the face, has a beautiful smile and eyes, so modeling agencies would swoop her up quick, especially if she is like 5"11, they love that.
I am glad for her, she is eating again, but why can`t she have pasta and rice again?
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Female 513
Actually, clinical obesity is not defined as "100 pounds over weight". Clinical obesity is defined by your BMI. If you have a BMI over 30 you are clinically obese, no matter how short or tall you are or how much excess weight you have.

A woman standing 5`3 and weighing 180 pounds is clinically obese.

A woman standing 5`7 and weighing 237 pounds is also clinically obese.

Morbid obesity is a BMI of anything over 40.

If you`re 5`8 and weigh 290 lbs, you are morbidly obese.

If you`re 5`4 and weigh 240 lbs, you are morbidly obese.

Obesity is not determined by being "100 pounds" over weight.

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Female 79
PSA for anyone posting here who is battling anorexia. I asked a specialist to offer me some resources to pass on to you. He said to google "anti-anorexia league" and start with the links that are obviously connected with the international organization and David Epston, who is the main coordinator of this archive. It leads to an interactive exchange with the stories of many women of all ages and experiences -- and some men and boys -- who have helped each other defeat anorexia. Hope it helps anyone who can use it.
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Female 84
"i saw death coming"
then death said " god you look so thin, totally jealous"

lolololol.

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Female 390
I used to be 84 pounds :] Not exactly anorexic but exposed ribs arent very sexy so im 112 pounds now lol x fat rolls ftw xx
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Female 2,220
@Opie "Good freaking god, so many of you who have obviously never experienced this have such closed minds."

Agreed.
It makes me so angry when people say these things.

Yeah obesity AND anorexia are done by the people to themselves, but anorexia is an awful mental problem, I don`t like calling it a disease because to me a disease is like malaria etc. but all the same.

My friend looks horrific, I want to tell her, but the way their minds work, she`s think I was saying she looked awful because she was FAT. But if I said, she looks nice to try and stop her from doing it, to let her see she`s gone too far, she`ll think I don`t but if I lose more, maybe I will.

It`s a horrible horrible thing to live with and people like this

Aramil

You know what I think of Anorexics? drat `em. Rich white chicks don`t want to eat? Let `em starve.


REALLY f*** me off.

@ marencolleen - I hope you manage to find it in yourself to see that you are beautiful no matter what.

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Male 369
"i saw death coming"

then death said " god you look so thin, totally jealous"

bich made me hungry

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Female 119
This would have made me feel bad if it wasn`t for Steve.

(It still made me feel sympathetic though. I know what it`s like to suffer a mental disorder. Not as bad, but still.)

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Male 14,332
Here have them watch this video it should help...Treatment
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Female 447
That is so unfortunate, I have a very good friend from france who was the same way until her family moved here. From what she told me it is normal to be ultra skinny in France. Obese is 100 lbs. more than your average weight, morbidly obese is 150 lbs over the average. In my opinion most middle aged women look better with some meat on the bones. It definately makes you look younger. Im fat and 31. Most people think I look about 19 in person and I love it.
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Female 859
wow i think id rather be fat
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Male 276
real women have cruves, not curved bones
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Male 251
I don`t think I`d refer to anorexia as a disease, either. It certainly is a horrible psychological disorder which - when unaddressed - progresses into a physical disorder as well.

Zombiemike--try eating some fruits and vegetables mixed in with all those carbs and fats too, man. You need vitamins to aid your body in directing nutrient absorbtion, and healthy sources of protein with fiber as well ...to keep all that stuff from just sliding through your system.

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Male 1,263
Thank God she`s gaining..I think it`s really brave of her to come out and talk about her condition like that..


...Anorexia is such a horrible disease :/

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Female 4,376
And addler you know most people don`t become anorexic on purpose right? It usually starts out as something else that completely spirals out of control. for me i started trying the atkins diet but somehow in my mind i kept excluding certain foods one by one because in my head it just made sense. I lost weight rapidly and no one really noticed until one day i woke up with a painful sore on my back from my shoulder blade scraping against my skin. I was cold constantly and my hair was falling out but even when i WANTED to eat i would look at the food and feel sick. It was like some weird messed up connection, my mind wanted me to reject the food even though my body wanted it. My family would force me to sit down and eat a whole bowl of pasta even though i`d feel like puking. Seriously just shut up because you have no idea what it is like.
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Female 741
sick
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Female 4,376
Anorexia is such a terrible disease. I suffered from it when I was 12 years old but never got down to that extreme. The lowest weight i got to was about 95 when my healthy weight should have been about 120-125. Luckily i got help but the recovery was difficult. Just looking at food was nauseating.
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Female 470
if this was the flip side and the girl was a morbidly obese (say, 5`7 and 230 pounds)
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I find this kinda interesting. I`m not stating my exact weight, but I weigh over 200lbs and I don`t feel like I`m morbidly obese at all. I don`t feel unhealthy, and I don`t really look morbidly obese either, and I know other girls who are the same way. I consider someone 300+lbs (depending on height, of course) to be morbidly obese.

But I`m glad this girl is trying to get help. She can have some of my fat. =D

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Female 165
That`s very sad. And moving.

And it really is a disease. I`m not even going to get into it.

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Female 213
Addler, you don`t know a goddamn thing. Do the internet a favor and next time the light bulb in your head flickers for a brief moment, keep your pre-pubescent mouth shut.
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Male 138
@addler

Son, do the world a favor and grown up. If a troll, such as yourself, were to die our collective IQ would increase.

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Female 1,545
addler, I think you might understand better if you were a woman. There are women and especially young girls who think that acceptance comes in the form of a thin body (thank you, Milan`s high fashion shows and Hollywood`s stick thin actresses). It`s a psychological disorder on a much deeper level than you`re giving credit.

And once a girl/woman gets stuck, like adarling said, it becomes an addiction.

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Male 776
nope, still not givin her an ounce of sympathy, disease or not (im calling weak on the disease call even if it is one ill rank it right up there w/ Tourettes and prolly stick w/ calling it a disorder)

besides, if ur gonna concede that one then you have to concede obesity and its much better to go off saying both of em are BS and a waste of life and food than accepting either one.

its just that after seeing so many people struggling with much more serious diseases and disorders, seeing this makes me think "boo hoo rich white girl thinks shes fat/ugly, maybe they will show a clip of her throwing up a weeks worth of food!"

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Female 94
addler... it`s a disease whether you think so or not.
it`s an addiction. it`s an awful experience, which i have gone through myself. it`s the hardest thing that i have ever done...
you`re incredibly ignorant and closed-minded, i must say.
i can`t even begin to explain to you what it`s like. just know that it`s not just something that happens. ask anyone who`s been through it or has had someone close to them go through it.
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Male 1,666
At least she`s trying. After such long periods of not eating, it will take her body a while to adjust to larger volumes of food.
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Female 15,763
Addler, did you even pay attention to the video? She hasn`t given up.

Good freaking god, so many of you who have obviously never experienced this have such closed minds.

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Male 776
no sympathy for her here, as far as im concerned she is a waste of space. disease or not i cannot stand to see someone give up on their selves while other struggle to survive.
also, in the case of binge eaters, they are even worse because they are a waste of food. at least anorexics have the common decency to kill themselves off...
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Female 4,028
[quote]can you post some pictures of your `friend` please.[/quote]
If that was directed at me, no. That`s a stupid request.

If that was not directed to me, ignore this.

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Female 84
when i saw her at 55 lbs I couldn`t watch anymore... eek
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Female 513
"well, anorexia is a mental disease.

eating at mcdonalds everyday and being too lazy to exercise it off, isn`t. "

Actually, you`re only partially correct. There are a multitude of reasons why a person may over eat, including mental health disorders.

In either case, both the anorexic and the morbidly obese do it to themselves. The only difference is how socially acceptable one is to the other.

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Female 377
well, anorexia is a mental disease.

eating at mcdonalds everyday and being too lazy to exercise it off, isn`t.

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Female 513
Interestingly, if this was the flip side and the girl was a morbidly obese (say, 5`7 and 230 pounds) speaking out about obesity and trying to get better, there`d be far more negative comments on this thread.

Interesting how at different ends of the weight spectrum, you have incredibly diverse opinions and attitudes.

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Male 315
You know what I think of Anorexics? drat `em. Rich white chicks don`t want to eat? Let `em starve.
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Male 991
I hope she gets well soon ...
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Male 552
I eat, a poo ton of food, every day, my usual diet consists of a breakfast sandwich, 5 pieces of bacon with 3 eggs, hasbrowns, and a huge glass of milk or green tea, for lunch either half a large pizza or 3 packs of top ramen, and for dinner, mounds of whatever I can get my hands on.... but I NEVER gain weight, I`m really trying to but I can`t get past 140... hopefully it all hits me one day and I become a fatass so I can just exercise it all off or something. I hope that`s healthy.
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Female 209
good for her for speaking out and trying to get herself better. that`s really something
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Female 79
Marencolleen, you hang in there. I am very proud of you for saying what you did in the comments even though nobody else yet has responded directly to you here. I wish I could put you in contact with a top-rate specialist who could heal your body image. They`re out there but they`re difficult to find -- please be very persistent in looking for help, and if someone doesn`t seem to help then by all means seek someone better! You CAN get over this. I`m wishing you all the best.

For everyone else: is it just me or did anyone else think of photos of Nazi concentration camp survivors? I`ve drawn this association in my mind for years, and at this point (I am a believer half in karma and half in waves of mass psychosis) I am convinced that the prevalence of eating disorders is the ghost of the Holocaust`s unfinished business that nobody talks about, rearing its life-destroying head in innocent souls, bodies, and psyches.

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Female 128
Hang on, I have to do something
*grabs bag of chips
Okay, now I feel much better
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Female 61
The world hates fat people

I know this

We`re killing ourselves to make each other happy.

See, THIS is why marijuana should be legalized! She`d eat if she was stoned.

heh, just kidding...

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Female 193
I feel much better about my weight now. People always tell me I`M a stick. At least I eat till I`m full and I`m healthy.
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Female 67
Ok for all u ppl who think their fat ur tripping...now if ur stomachs hanging by ur knees ok u might have a problem there...but I dont get how thin everyone wants to be! I used to do drugs hardcore and remembering myself as skinny as i was is sick so sick...why would u want to be like that all the time..I think I got down to 80lbs at one point and I nvr wanna do that ever again!
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Female 778
she probably saw those damn chicken fingers...
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Male 7,933
fatass
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Female 531
I`ve battled with anorexia for most of my life. it wasn`t until about three or four years ago when i dropped down to 95 pounds that it finally hit me that i can`t do it anymore. I still have horrible problems with my body image even though people are always telling me how little i am. I am just not made to have one of the flat stomachs and it will forever bother me.
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Female 1,604
Glad to see that she went to go get help, so many of them don`t even see they have a problem.
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Male 701
can you post some pictures of your `friend` please.
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Female 4,028
Eating disorders are so terrible. A friend of mine is dealing with bulimia right now and it`s incredibly sad and terrifying.
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Female 1,082
awww....
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Male 1,182
lol she looks like ET
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Male 2,855
hey hotstuff, wanna have dinner with me and maybe some fun later?
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Female 1,677
"People like her to that to themselves"

I`m sure if extreme thinness wasn`t so lauded in society, fewer people would have to resort to `doing this to themselves`.

Yes, I`m blaming society.

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Female 1,516
I looks like it hurts.
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Female 23
This is seriously the worst case of anorexia I`ve seen. D: Gross.
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Female 688
her story is really rather sad. i`ve seen her on a documentary before :(
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Female 1,653
ouch.
I hope she gets better.
Soon.
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Female 382
TrixieBlue, she called it a disease because it there is a mental block that makes it incredibly hard for her to eat food. The thought of consuming food is disgusting to someone who suffers from anorexia. It is not that same thing as not eating out of vanity
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Male 901
@trixie:

It`s not really a disease. It`s just another obsessive-compulsive disorder which happens to have the small side effect of death.

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Female 1,063
Argh, i feel so torn! There are third world countries where people look like this because they have no food and have no choice to be this way. But then they say that this is a disease, how the heck can it be a disease? I know what its like to have a bad childhood but dammit just eat like ONE meal a day for Chrissakes.
AHHHH!!! Its so frustrating to see people who have access to food, be like this. I think its selfish but then again I am not her so I haven`t a clue what brought her to this so at the same time I feel so bad for her. So yes, I am sympathetic but yet pissed off at the same dammed time.
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Male 3,301
I can`t stomach this.
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Female 2,258
McGovern1981
If she where morbidly obese no one would have any sympathy for her.
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That`s because we view the obese as lazy while deep down we secretly admire the discipline it takes to ignore you hunger and abstain from food.

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Male 10,440
Meh. People like her do that to themselves... Its not like they don`t have enough to eat.
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Female 271
This is quite old, I hope she has put on more weight since the end of 2007.
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Male 14,332
If she where morbidly obese no one would have any sympathy for her.
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Male 2,159
She`s 55 pounds?

U know, over here in England, that`s pretty cheap...

*Stops joking, watches video*

Woah. Not funny.

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Female 2,220
One of my best friends is going through a horrific battle with anorexia so this is very close to home, and people who don`t take it seriously, shame on you.
Big shame on you.
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Male 9,306
She does have pretty eyes. I hope she wins her battle.
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Male 357
She should get breast implants and giant puffy lip injections. Then she would be hot.
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Male 701
Now if you could put the acid lady`s face on her body... yowza! Now we`re talkin`!
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Male 162
Must be a slow day for the news. This was on TV like a year and a half ago.
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Male 1,686
EAT FOOOOOOOOD! FOOOOD GOOOD!
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Female 652
i can`t watch that anymore i feel like she will break with every step she takes *shudders*
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Female 9,475
As long she is gaining weight.
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Male 626
Hi there. I am with the Anorexia Food Aid (AFA) program and we wish you to donate a sandwich to the poor suffering women. With just one BLT sandwich you could make a difference. Just send it to:
55 Pound Street
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F33D M3
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Female 1,963
Man, she literally looks like death.
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Male 2,388
must have bee a shock for her when "she came out of it" for lack of a better term. It probably wouldn`t help her but couldn`t she surgicaly stretch her stomach not that any surgeon would go near her.
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Male 3,014
This is depressing. I need more bunnies to cheer me up.

<Watches Howard`s Big Dig again>

:-)

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Male 1,365
Yeah, those freckles sure do hide her problem. Who knew she had an eating disorder, I was like ,"Did she dot her face with a magic marker?" She sure fooled me.
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Female 2,289
I was expecting her to be really really old for some reason.
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Male 353
The description should read "Spoke" out. This is another really old news story.
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Female 446
In my anorexia days I used to think she was beautiful. Now I realize how drated up that was. Poor woman, I hate to say this but when you are that far in, its almost impossible to get out again. She seems to be doing it though.
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Male 2,172
Attention whore. It`s sad that people really do exploit those people for entertainment value.
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Female 7
This is really sad. I hope she gains more weight..
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Female 432
OMG that was really...ewwww...but I hope she will be able to regain the weight and look healthy
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Male 2,050
"If they`re looking at my eyes they`re not looking at the rest of me."

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Female 531
Link: Anorexia Ad Campaign [Rate Link] - A 55-pound woman speaks out.
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