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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 MarieClaire.com article by Maura Kelly titled “Should ‘Fatties’ Get A Room?” — which we told you about yesterday — was above-and-beyond disgusting. Kelly wrote that she wouldn’t want to watch the new TV show “Mike & Molly,” starring two plus-sized actors in an intimate relationship, because she would “be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything.” In case you need her point driven home further, Kelly added, “I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across the room.”

The blatant sizeism in those statements should make Maura Kelly ashamed of herself. And given how quickly she posted an “apology” yesterday and how her boss, Marie Claire editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, responded (more on that in a second), she appears to be mortified.

Here’s the thing — I actually feel bad for this woman. Keep reading »

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

I Love Anorexia tee

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. Keep reading »

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 could happen when calorie consumption is limited to solely alcohol. Health officials worry that the fusion of these two addictive behaviors not only signals major psychological issues, but also wreaks havoc on your physical well-being. As one eating disorder specialist summarized, “You’ve had the experience of drinking on an empty stomach? These folks are drinking on an empty body.” My stomach is quivering in horror just thinking about this. [Newser] Keep reading »

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 needs to be “leaner” and is on a “calorie-restricted diet.” Though Tyra and crew cast the beautiful but extremely underweight and sinewy blonde on the show — after seeing her in a bathing suit during casting, mind you — her thinness became a strike against her in last night’s episode, as the models were photographed in barely any clothes. I, for one, found the whole thing extremely uncomfortable — should Anamaria have been cast in the first place? Did Tyra and the producers have an obligation to intervene? And — SPOILER ALERT! — did they do a disservice to her and the viewers by eliminating her from the competition as soon as they “realized” her thinness was a problem and that it reflected badly on them? Keep reading »

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 have an early dinner, which is always a salad, with plain chicken, grilled or broiled … Honestly, I can’t believe those women have so much time to devote to my weight. If they get out there and move, they will look like me and be thin, and it’ll all be good.”

Michaele Salahi of the “Real Housewives of DC” defends herself against rumors of anorexia and spills what she eats in a day. Wait, so she consumes about 600 calories every 24 hours? I dunno, that sounds like an eating disorder to me. [Celebitchy] Keep reading »

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 than big ol’ bready regular pretzels. But they knew they were being shady with their “You Can Never Be Too Thin” campaign because people will automatically — and rightly so — associate “thin” with weight and “too thin” with anorexia and other eating disorders. Edgy! Also lame. Don’t make me go back to pita crisps or carrot sticks — I’m warning you. [via Young Manhattanite and NYC The Blog] Keep reading »

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 supporters I have to do the same.” [SophiaBush.com]
  • An all-male panel of men who work at “The Daily Show” say the men who work at “The Daily Show” are not sexist at all. [NYMag.com]
  • Britain’s Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone will hold a series of meetings this fall with mag editors and ad execs to discuss airbrushing, Photoshopping and hiring models who are far skinnier than the average woman. [Guardian UK]

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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 skinnier than her size 10 or 12 plus-size model frame.

These pics were especially troubling given Renn’s hellacious bout with anorexia while trying to be a “straight size” model, which she described doing battle with in her recent memoir, Hungry. Rest assured, Renn has not re-developed her eating disorder. Instead, it’s just that Photoshop has struck again. Keep reading »

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 eating has to do with being super-sensitive to taste and texture while others see it as a mild form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. For reasons that are unclear to scientists, most picky eaters like french fries, chicken fingers, pizza and pasta. I think it has something to do with the fact that those foods are awesome. But, seriously, do you think “selective eating” is a legit eating disorder? [DailyMail UK] Keep reading »

Urban Outfitters Wants You To “Eat Less”

So, let’s review, shall we? Urban Outfitters:

  1. Wants to add “Obama/Black” to the Crayola box,
  2. Suggests it’s up to men to “preserve” their daughters’ virginity,
  3. Does not want to support gay marriage,
  4. And now thinks women should “eat less.”

You know what I want? Urban Outfitters to STFU. [via Hug Party] Keep reading »

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