"The beautiful people, the beautiful people
It's all relative to the size of your steeple
You can't see the forest for the trees"
Anorexia and bulimia were thought to be problems which affected women exclusively. Not any more though. An interesting article was published by ClarĘ¬n newspaper on 31 August 2008 about teen boys suffering these eating disorders. According to the article, most of the victims belong to any of the numerous urban tribes that roam the streets of Argentina nowadays. It seems that floggers, goths and emos value slim bodies so, to be accepted in these social groups, teen boys go on strict diets which endanger their health. Like many teen girls, boys lie to their families and friends by inventing all kinds of excuses, even by telling them they don't want to eat because they are being afflicted by viruses. To make matters worse, they combine dieting with alcohol, energy drinks, cigarettes and drugs.
Numerous internet sites are dangerously increasing the danger of eating disorders by supporting them in "pro-ana" (pro anorexia) and "pro-mia" (pro bulimia) fotologs and blogs. One of them (princesaanaymia.blogspot.com) even contains practical suggestions as to how to vomit and lots of images of bulimic and anorexic girls.
Unfortunately there are numerous rock and roll songs which also promote bulimia and anorexia. Just take a look at the following list.
|Pro-Ana Song Listing|
The twins and actresses Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen ('The Olsen Twins') have risen from child superstars to influential fashion icons and designers.
Mary-Kate Olsen, however, has publicly admitted she has been struggling against anorexia. She checked into an eating disorder treatment centre and underwent treatment for anorexia after months of speculation and rumours about her thin appearance and denying being anorexic.
Mary-Kate celebrated beating her eating disorder by giving away clothes that no longer fit her. She donated thousands of dollars' worth of designer clothes to a thrift store in Hollywood.
Mary-Kate has gained a bit of weight again and is happy with her new-found curves and also decided to keep the weight on and to get rid of her skinny wardrobe
My Point of View
I guess it is for us, adults, the greatest challenge of all: to help teenagers build up their self-esteem and counterattack the impact and the influence of the media. Adolescents suffering from anorexia and bulimia can be helped by parents, teachers and by expert advice provided by health care organizations as well as state hospitals.