Posts tagged "eating disorders"

Pinterest Bans Pro-Anorexia And Thinsporation Material

Our favorite new Internet timewaster, Pinterest has in recent weeks become a haven for online pro-anorexia and eating disorder communities. Drawn to the site's image-heavy, community-oriented style, thinsporation posters have recently flooded the site, posting pictures of jutting hips, emaciated models and concave bellies, emblazoned with pro-ana slogans like "nothing tastes as good…
By: Julie Gerstein / March 27, 2012

Israel Passes New Legislation Regarding Models In Advertising

The battle against photo manipulation, namely within the realm of fashion, is an ongoing one with no end in sight. It seems like more fuel is constantly being fed to the fire: a (stunning) size 10 model depicted as a waifish size zero here, an errant penis there. England was the first to…
By: Rachel Krause / March 21, 2012

The Soapbox: Why We Should Stop Snarking On Angelina Jolie’s Thinness

Angelina Jolie, despite the fact that she was not a nominee, was the talk of the Academy Awards. There was the whole Leg Thrusting Debacle -- the actress was quite dramatic about using the high slit on her dress to display her right leg -- but the blogosphere was also exploding with comments and questio…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 28, 2012

Facts About America’s Warped Body Ideals Are “Controversial” Somehow

Naked models usually gets mouths flapping. But the real reason people are gabbing about a photo spread in Plus Model Magazine is because each picture of plus-size model Katya Zharkova posing nude is accompanied by a fact about body size and eating disorders. In the image from the spread shown above left, Katya even hold…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 11, 2012

Girl Talk: I’m A Secret Eater

During Kim Kardashian’s Wedding Special, it was not failing to include her groom in her venue choice or that her sister accused said groom of being opportunistic that struck a nerve with me. It was when Rob Kardashian, Kim’s younger brother, got made fun of by his mother Kris for having a fat…
By: Shoshana Davis / October 13, 2011

Daphne Guinness Doesn’t Eat

"I'll eat when I'm dead."--Brit designer addict and heiress Daphne Guinness on how she stays thin enough to fit into her couture collection. The 43-year-old subsists on Red Bull and Ensure nutrition shakes and allegedly refused a plate of pasta during a photo shoot because "If I eat, I can't work." Her collection of designer…
By: Julie Gerstein / September 23, 2011

Evening Quickies: Ali Lohan’s Rep Says She’s Having A “Growth Spurt”

Ali Lohan's rep says her startling, new, uber-skinny appearance is a "normal teenage growth spurt," not plastic surgery or an eating disorder. Um, maybe Ali's growth spurt is working backwards? We are still concerned for her. [Celebuzz] Whoa, check out Elisabetta Canalis in these PETA ads. Bet George Clooney feels like a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 9, 2011

Let’s Talk About Ali Lohan’s Sudden Change In Appearance

"Ali Lohan Has A New Face." "A 17-year-old shouldn't have a plastic surgeon playing Frankenstein with her face." "Ali Lohan Gets Crazy Plastic Surgery, No Longer Looks Like A Lohan." "R.I.P. Ali Lohan‘s old face, 1993-2011." These are just a few of the headlines and comments being written about Lindsay Lohan's younger sister Ali, who…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 8, 2011

Morning Quickies: Jane Fonda Talks Body Image & Bulimia

Jane Fonda opened up to Harper's Bazaar about her lifelong body image issues. "I wasn’t very happy from, I would say, puberty to 50? It took me a long time," she told the magazine. "It was in my 40s, and if you suffer from bulimia, the older you get, the worse it gets. It take…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2011

Doctor Calls Mommyrexia An “Upper East Side, White Girl, Obnoxious Problem”

  I was totally digging this doctor on "The Today Show" who talked — okay, ranted — to Ann Curry about the constant pressure on women to be skinny, including during pregnancy. "Mommyrexia" is when pregnant women cut back on eating or add excessive exercise to their regimen because they're worried about gaining…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 28, 2011

Kate Middleton Is “Thinspiration” On Pro-Anorexia Websites

Palace PR disaster: Kate Middleton is the new "thinspiration" icon held up by pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia bloggers. Kate has always been slender and athletic, but she dropped a noticeable amount of weight before her wedding. That makes me sad, because I've been a royal watcher for years and I've always thought she…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 15, 2011

World’s Worst Mother: “16 And Pregnant” Teen’s Mom Takes The Cake

We've grown used to seeing irresponsible teens and bad parenting on the MTV show "16 And Pregnant," and that's part of what makes it such a compelling and powerful watch. It teaches cocky adolescents that having a baby is more than just dressing infants in cute clothes and parading a kid around in a stroller…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 25, 2011

Study: Anorexia Linked To Spring Birthdays

Scientists and health practitioners are constantly looking to discover what causes and triggers eating disorders, and scientists at Oxford University have seemingly discovered a link between birth dates and anorexia. A study of almost 1300 anorexic patients found that most of their birthdays fell in the spring months, from March to June. That's led scientist…
By: Julie Gerstein / April 29, 2011

Today’s Lady News: This Is What A Life-Size Barbie Looks Like

This is what the proportions of a life-size Barbie doll would look like. She's made by anorexia survivor Galia Slayen and stands 6 feet tall with a 39" bust, 18" waist and 33" hips. Barbie wears a size 00 skirt that Galia used to wear when she was sick from her eating disorder. This year,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 15, 2011

Models Eat Cotton Balls Dipped In OJ & Other Troubling Observations By One Model’s Mama

No matter how badly a mother wants her daughter to succeed, she has every reason to be freaked out when she sees that her daughter's contemporaries consider "lunch" to be dipping a cotton ball in OJ and eating it. Model Sessilee Lopez's (left) mother, Janice Celeste, has just self-published a guidebook for parents with…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 24, 2011

Even The Fashion Industry Complains About The Beauty Standards Of The Fashion Industry

You and I aren't the only ones wondering why "high fashion" fetishizes the gamine, undernourished look of 14-year-old girls fresh OTB from Belarus: recently, two insiders from the heart of the industry itself have vocalized their distaste for the fashion world's embrace of the skeletal-thin female form. British designer Giles Deacon, who is the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2011

Isabelle Caro, French Model With Anorexia, Dies At 28

Isabelle Caro, a French model who literally became the poster girl for anorexia, passed away last month at age 28. Her acting coach confirmed the model died on November 17, although Caro's specific cause of death is unclear. Isabelle's skeletal body appeared on Milanese billboards in 2007 under the words "No Anorexia" as a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 30, 2010

Candace Cameron Sorta Opens Up About Bulimia

"It's a very dangerous cycle that can just start to consume your life and really take over. ... It wasn't about me trying to lose weight. It was all about emotions." —Candace Cameron, aka DJ Tanner of "Full House," talks very vaguely about her battle with bulimia. Apparently, she adds much more detail i…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / December 30, 2010

Girl Talk: My Love/Hate Relationship With Thinspiration Blogs

The other night, I was wading through all the junk scattered around my apartment, starting to panic because I couldn’t find a book I needed to review. I threw out bag after bag of garbage and finally decided to get some dinner, my version of which was a prepackaged frozen entree of organic tofu, vegetable…
By: Rachel Kramer Bussel / December 23, 2010

Will “Black Swan” Encourage Eating Disorders?

"Black Swan" is a great movie. It's also, as Julie put it, "eating disorder porn." In the movie, Natalie Portman's character not only shows signs of anorexia—she's also bulimic. I had hoped this wouldn't seem glamorous to teens and women seeing the movie since, well, Natalie's character also totally loses it…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / December 8, 2010