Fit vs. Fiction's Blog

A Body worth dying for?

Isabelle Caro, a 28 yr old former model, died recently after battling Anorexia since she was 13 yrs old. At the time of her death she weighed approx.62 lbs. Isabelle bravely posed for shocking billboards in Europe as part of an Anti-Anorexia campaign. She appeared on the billboards completely naked, exposing her excruciatingly thin body. It was a message to designers and other models that anorexia should not be a pre-requisite for a job in the fashion industry. While shocking and poignant, I fear her message was also lost on the masses who probably think of her case as unique.

It’s not.

Anorexia is a BRUTAL disorder to have and one that is incredibly difficult to recover from. Believe me, I know.

I also know that while there are different types of E.D. Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge eating,etc.. they are all pretty much the same thing. If a person’s life completely revolves around what they’re eating, have eaten or are going to eat..or NOT eat. They have an eating disorder. It doesn’t matter of they restricting it, purging it, or gorging on it. An Eating Disorder is an Eating Disorder. They all suck and they can all kill you; Each one casuing it’s own type of physical, emotional and spiritual agony.

The thing that angers me the most is how ACCEPTED Anorexia has become in our society. If a person is suffering from compulsive overeating, they may become seriously overweight or obese and obesity is clearly seen as a huge problem by society, the medical field, the Government,etc..Being overweight is “Bad”. We hear that message all the time.

However, being extremely thin, even if it’s from undereating or over exercising is oftentimes revered and admired. It’s this very thing that makes it SO HARD for anorexics to recover.While their friends and family members may be telling them that they’re too thin, hundreds of magazines are saying they aren’t thin ENOUGH!

Young men and woman today are being told by the media and society that they aren’t good enough. These messages are not only making them sick, but they are also keeping them sick.

I am CONSTANTLY hearing about how we need to be HEALTHIER, but I think too many people have completely forgotten what that actually means.

We have a lot of work to do when it comes to Eating Disorders..I wish more people were listening.


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