Crappy Website Uses Woman’s Anorexic Before/After Photos In “Amazing Weight Loss” Gallery

Blog posts billed as “Amazing Weight Loss Transformations!!!” are generally the worst of the fucking worst. I don’t take issue with individual people celebrating their hard-earned and healthy weight loss stories — do you! — but when crappy click-baiting websites aggregate a bunch of before/after photos of random people (or celebrities, which is definitely a regular staple of every major celeb weekly rag) and delight in how much skinnier they are compared to before, I want to hurl. You cannot ascertain much of anything from looking at a couple of photos, especially the person’s overall health and the motivations behind their apparent weight loss. That’s how The Chive — a website that basically aggregates other people’s images into almost entirely word-less and worthless “content” — ended up posting before/after photos of a young woman with anorexia in their gallery of “amazing weight loss transformations.”

Jezebel spoke Anne Marie Sengillo, who said she posted a photo album on a subreddit called R/ProgressPics four days ago, with the intent of showing her recovery from anorexia, and was livid to discover two of her photos — one showing her before she developed an eating disorder, and the other showing her after, when she was at her sickest — had been jacked by The Chive. In recovery for a year, “after seven years of struggle and nearly $50,000 in medical debt,” Sengillo’s post on Reddit made it very clear that she was in recovery for an eating disorder and that the photos depicted her weight loss during her illness. “I posted my photos to give hope to others who may have body image issues,” she wrote in an email to Jezebel. “But The Chive is using my anorexic photo as thinspiration. My transformation from 150lbs to 70 and then 90lbs is NOT something I want anyone to see and think ‘Wow! I want to look like her!'” The Chive’s chosen “after” photo was taken when, she says, “I was very sick. I exercised for 4-5 hours a day and ate less than 800 calories.”

The post’s “author,” Mac Faulkner, has since removed Sengillo’s photos from the gallery, but the 27 other side-by-side photos of “amazing weight loss transformations” — the stories behind which we also don’t know — remain, clearly indicating that he and the site haven’t learned a goddamn thing. [Jezebel]