Posts tagged "eating disorders"

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…

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 in a downward spiral.

Kate Torgovnick/ / December 8, 2010

A Sizable Trend: Colleges Starting To Offer Fat Studies Classes

Finally, the 15 pounds you pack on as a freshman in college is good for something! According to The Daily Beast, colleges across the country have started offering Fat Studies classes. Hip, hip, hippy hooray! Akin to Women’s Studies classes, Fat Studies classes seem to be preaching to the choir, i.e., people who have struggled…

Simcha / November 5, 2010

Portia De Rossi Talks Anorexia On Wife Ellen’s Show

If this clip from Portia de Rossi’s appearance on her wife’s talk show tomorrow doesn’t make you tear up, your heart is made of stone. Portia opened up about her struggle with anorexia, which had her weighing only 82 lbs. at one point. “I don’t think anyone can really understand what it’s like…

Jessica Wakeman / November 3, 2010

Demi Lovato Enters Rehab For “Emotional And Physical Issues”

“Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help. She is doing just that. Demi and her family ask that the media respect her privacy during this difficult time.”– A statement from the representative for Demi Lovato, who entered rehab yesterday after mysteriously and suddenly quitting Twitter this weekend. According to…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 2, 2010

I Feel Sorry For The Marie Claire “Fatties” Author

I have a high threshold for sexist, sizeist, classist, and racist things that people write on the internet because I’ve seen so much of it over the years. But the article by Maura Kelly titled “Should ‘Fatties’ Get A Room?” — which we told you about yesterday — was above-and-beyond disgusting. Kelly wrote that…

Jessica Wakeman / October 27, 2010

“I Love Anorexia” T-Shirts Prove It’s Hard To Make Eating Disorders Remotely Funny

I love a meta-commentary as much as the next person, but some things are just tacky — invoking the Nazis while discussing health care reform, for example. T-shirts emblazoned with the words “I love anorexia” also fit the bill.

Jessica Wakeman / October 25, 2010

Eating Disorders On Campus Leads To “Drunkorexia”

So what is “drunkorexia,” you ask? It’s a new term given to the growing number of college students who choose to skip meals in order to binge drink without gaining weight. While these students are said to be proud of being able to drink and stay slim, just about everyone is understandably concerned about what…

Kelli Bender / October 22, 2010

Extremely Thin Girl Cast — And Then Cast Off — “America’s Next Top Model”

Before Cycle 15 of “America’s Next Top Model” even began, much fuss was made about Ann, a tall and gawky contestant with the most narrow waist in the world. But after last night’s episode, it’s clear that the model to truly be concerned about is Anamaria, 19, who, at 5’10” and 110 lbs., thinks she…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 16, 2010

Quotable: Michaele Salahi Shares Her Lucky Charms And Salad Diet

“I’m a skinny girl. I always was. I’ve never had an eating disorder in my life. And it hurts to be called anorexic … I start the day with a hot chocolate and cereal—I love Lucky Charms or Kashi GoLean—then some fruit. I don’t really eat a lot in the middle of the day. I…

Kate Torgovnick/ / August 19, 2010

Actually, You Can Be Too Thin, Pretzel Crisps

God, I love me some pretzel crisps — dipped in hummus and with slices of cheese, they are delish. But I am mad at them. Their new ad campaign is straight-up wrong. Look, I get it, the appeal of pretzel crisps is that they are thin like crackers and, in theory, better for you tha…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 4, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Sophia Bush Slams Urban Outfitters Over “Eat Less” Shirt

“One Tree Hill” actress Sophia Bush has penned an open letter to Urban Outfitters, demanding the company issue a public apology for its women’s T-shirt that says “Eat Less.” “Shame on you. I will no longer be shopping at your stores,” Bush wrote. “And I will encourage the tens of thousands of female supporter…

Jessica Wakeman / July 26, 2010

Crystal Renn Says Her Uber-Skinny Photo Was Photoshopped

If you get caught Photoshopping a beautiful, healthy, full-figured woman to look like a twiglet, you should have one of your fingers chopped off. And I think supermodel Crystal Renn will agree: she told Glamour magazine she was “shocked” to see startling photos of her posing for a Fashion for Passion promotion, looking far, far…

Jessica Wakeman / July 16, 2010

Is Picky Eating An Eating Disorder?

Members of the American Psychological Association are considering renaming picky eaters “selective eaters” and classifying it in the category of eating disorders. Unlike anorexics and bulimics, selective eaters are not in life-threatening danger. However, people who continue fussy eating habits into adulthood are at risk for nutritional deficiencies. Some researchers think that this kind of…

Nikki Dowling / July 9, 2010

Urban Outfitters Wants You To “Eat Less”

So, let’s review, shall we? Urban Outfitters:
Wants to add “Obama/Black” to the Crayola box,
Suggests it’s up to men to “preserve” their daughters’ virginity,
Does not want to support gay marriage,
And now thinks women should “eat less.”
You know what I want? Urban Outfitters to STFU. [via Hug Party]…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 3, 2010

Skeletons In Lingerie: Is This Spoof On Victoria’s Secret Funny Or Tasteless?

Sure, it’s hypocritical and fat-phobic of ABC to air the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show starring Heidi Klum’s glorious ta-tas while also demanding “excessive re-edits” on this plus-size lingerie commercial from Lane Bryant. But what do we think of LandlineTV’s spoof on Victoria’s Secret: a faux-sexy commercial starring skeletons in a blond wig…

Jessica Wakeman / May 26, 2010

Mother To Daughter: “Your Anorexia Is Not Welcome At Our New House”

I’m pretty shocked by this Daily Mail story about a British mother named Sue Blackmore who told her daughter that she wasn’t welcome in the family’s new home unless she kicked her eating disorder to the curb. Oxford grad Emily Troscianko had been battling anorexia for years and when her family decided to relocate she…

Nikki Dowling / April 1, 2010

Performance Art Protester Crashes Lagerfeld Fashion Show

During Paris Fashion Week, the Jardin des Tuileries is a prime people-gazing spot where street-style photographers flock to snap the chic-set exiting the tents. But when a performance artist headed there on Sunday, getting recognized by the Sartorialist wasn’t on her agenda. Rather, she came in silent protest of the industry’s promotion of too-thin beauty…

Leonora Epstein / March 9, 2010

Alexa Chung Spoofs Eating Disorder Rumors For

Ever since she arrived on American shores to host the now-defunct “It’s On With Alexa” on MTV, peeps have been speculating that model/TV presenter Alexa Chung has got some sort of eating disorder. The stylish Brit is mighty slender, but that could certainly be genetics not anorexia. Chung seemingly decided to poke a little…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 14, 2010

(Another) Quote Of The Day: Alanis Morisette Discusses Her Eating Disorder Battle

“As a teen, I was both anorexic and bulimic. I was a young woman in the public eye, on the receiving end of a lot of attention, and I was trying to protect myself from men who were using their power in ways I was too young to know how to handle … Disappointment, sadne…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 16, 2009