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(The Local)   Swedish modeling agencies recruiting fresh new talent from: A) high schools, B) internet job postings, C) local anorexia clinics   (thelocal.se) divider line 9
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2013-04-23 11:02:03 AM  
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dragonchild: KatjaMouse: I heard one interview on Mental Illness Happy Hour from a woman who said it was like a natural high when she starved herself. Because she was in control and because her body would try to compensate with hormones to lessen the pain and it would send her into a euphoric state at times. Her first week of hunger was apparently the best.

Was this assertion backed up by scientific research?


If I recall correctly this was a science writer who's background was neuro-science so she may have even been comparing some of her own experiences to what she was picking up academically around the same time that this was going on.

dragonchild: "Oh god, you're so skinny you're dying; you must eat something!" are twisted into compliments in their minds.


With other guests on the show who've battled eating disorders, usually the over eaters, the host would joke "It's like when you see an anorexic or heroine addict you haven't seen in years, you don't quite know they're sick by looking at them, and you say 'Hey, you look great!' But then you see that fat person who's probably dealing the same amount of pain and you just outright dismiss them."
2013-04-23 10:34:21 AM  
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serialsuicidebomber: isn't the issue really a mental problem with how the brain sees the body?  If so, then it is stupid to blame the media for someone's mental health.


Yes, but women don't develop self-image issues in a vacuum, so you can't honestly separate one from the other.  One of the biggest issues alcoholics face, for example, is that booze is everywhere.  Hell, I'm not an alcoholic but I don't drink, people know I don't drink, yet I still get pressured to drink.  And the gift I wound up with during last Christmas' Yankee Swap?  A bottle of wine.  This is a minor inconvenience for me, but to a recovering alcoholic it's like the whole world is mocking your suffering.  Same thing here.  Anorexics definitely have mental issues, but you can't treat them without taking into account the ubiquitous derp of media, among other factors.
2013-04-23 09:53:24 AM  
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At least they were "recruiting". They could have just used a leaf-blower to round them up into a pile and then stuffed them in plastic bags.
2013-04-23 09:48:58 AM  
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Does anyone else see the hypocrisy in those Dove real beauty campaigns? They claim you're beautiful as is, but shill products to help make you look younger, thus better and more pleasing to look at.
2013-04-23 09:35:41 AM  
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Just an idea, if you went to one of these places and had an eye for beauty you could incentivize the right girls by saying they could be models (aka beauty) if they became a more healthy weight. Not that that's what these d bags did, but I think that'd be cool. Both sides win as one is healthier and one has dibs as agent
2013-04-23 09:32:46 AM  
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miss diminutive:

Just a few weeks ago I found out that my cousin is on a diet because she thinks she's fat. She's 10 years old. (and not even remotely overweight) Self perception is a powerful force to overcome.

Her mother and her mother's friends probably blab about being on diets all the time.  She's modeling their behavior and thinks it's normal.

/never use the words "skinny" or "thin" as a complement.
//use "healthy" or "fit" instead
2013-04-23 09:24:18 AM  
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Why would anyone want an anorexic girl, they don't swallow.
2013-04-23 09:23:28 AM  
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miss diminutive: Many of the girls who were approached last year were in their teens. Some patients have a body mass index as low as 14.

Ok, that's just despicable. The last thing girls need when they are struggling with their body image issues is to be given reinforcement that can truly fark them up at such an impressionable age. I'm already on the thin side of he spectrum and my BMI is just over 16.5. Someone at 14 must be literally skin and bones.


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2013-04-23 07:56:00 AM  
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miss diminutive: nekom: Assuming an average height, would have to be well under 90lbs. Probably still thinks she's fat too, it's a mental illness, it truly is.

For certain. I've taken a look at some of those 'thinspo' tumblr pages that are out there and they're pretty disturbing. On one hand, the internet is great for getting information out to those who need it, but it can also act as a means of support and encouragement for people who literally starve themselves. Some of those people really need professional help.


My ex-wife used to work with a girl who weighed about 100 pounds and thought she was fat. She was thin as a rail, but she saw herself as fat. There is plenty of blame to go around, not the least of which falls on the media's portrayal of what beauty is supposed to be. As the father of a young girl, this trend is highly alarming to me.
 
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