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The Beautiful People (Marilyn Manson)

"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"

The facts

Anorexia and bulimia were thought to be problems which affected women exclusively. Not any more though. An interesting article was published by Clarʬn  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.

The Internet

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.


The Songs

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
  • 4st 7lb - Manic Street Preachers
  • Ana's Song - Silverchair
  • Anorexic Beauty - Pulp
  • Away From Me - Evanescence
  • Bandages - Hot Hot Heat
  • Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
  • Beautiful - Joydrop
  • Big Isn't Beautiful - King Andora
  • Binge and Purge - Lunachicks
  • Bionic Eye - Liz Phair
  • Bulimic Beats - Catatonia
  • Bulima Blow Job - Cradle Of Thorns
  • Christine - Siouxsie & The Banshees
  • Distant Voices - Bush
  • Feed Me - Juliana Hatfield
  • From 100,000 Fireflies - Magnetic Fields
  • Hide U - Kosheen
  • Hunger Strike - Temple Of The Dog
  • If You Could Only See - Tonic
  • Jenny, Your Barley Alive - Rilo Kiley
  • Judy's Staring At The Sun - Catherine Wheel
  • Little Miss S. - Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
  • Lucy At The Gym - Jill Sobule
  • Mama Mia - Abba
  • Miss Otis Regrets - Bette Midler
  • My Beloved Monster - Eels
  • Obsession - Animotion
  • Paperbag - Fiona Apple
  • Perfect - Alanis Morissette
  • Rainy Days and Mondays - The Carpenters
  • She's Falling Apart - Lisa Loeb
  • Skinny - Filter
  • Skinny White Thing - Shampoo
  • Sweetest Perfection - Depeche Mode
  • The First Taste - Fiona Apple
  • Things I'll Never Say - Avril Lavigne
  • Tiny Dancer - Elton John
  • Tunic - Sonic Youth
  • Turn The Page - Metallica
  • Ugly - Smashing Pumpkins
  • What's Good For Me - Lucy Woodward
  • Women Lose Weight - Morcheeba
Perhaps the most explicit song is the one called Anorexic Beauty performed by the group Pulp. Read the lyrics and see it for yourself. 

The Teenage Fashion Icon

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.