I have stressed this many times in many different situations. Anorexia Nervosa is a mental disorder. It is not something someone can just get. It is not catching. It is not a disease, but a disorder. Someone with Anorexia cannot give it to you because they cough on you. Anorexia is a mental disorder and very, very much like an addiction.
There is a big difference between wanting to be thin and almost killing yourself over it.
I was browsing the web today and every now and then I like to google “anorexia” in the news section to see what’s going on and I found stuff like this: Anorexia: A Socially Transmitted Disease
I sat at my computer and went, “What the f***?!” I was very mad. I was already mad today for school related things but this blew me over the edge. Okay, I have no problem with size 0 models going away, but the fact that there is a multitude of these ignorant, ridiculous articles ON THE INTERNET where most people believe everything on it is true made me practically livid. You cannot post such horrible, uninformed crap on the internet like this. Eating disorders have been around for centuries, way before size 0 was even a concept.
It also make me mad what these new articles are coming out about how Anorexia Nervosa doesn’t affect just women. Um, duh? I guess it’s nice to raise awareness, but really people? Come on!
You cannot “curb the anorexia problem” by getting rid of size 0 models. It will always be present, unfortunately, just like alcohol addictions and depression and schizophrenia will always be around. THEY ARE MENTAL DISORDERS that cannot be treated simply by removing something that could be triggering. Removing the alcohol does not get rid of the addiction.
I will say it again, because there are apparently many people that do not understand this, but eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa are serious mental disorders that are not catching and cannot easily be treated by removing an image and is not caused by peer pressure.