Tumblr is fairly notorious as a platform to go find your images for anything to do with self harm and so called 'thinspiration'. These kinds of resources have been labelled by professionals and campaigners as damaging for many years now and their consequences have been the base of much fierce debate.
Here's an idea for an advertising campaign - show women the average size of women worldwide and celebrate the myriad mix of bodies we have. And I promise you, sit back and watch the praise (and sales) come rolling in.
The relentless representation of beauty's limited aesthetic is denuding. Variety is effaced with uniformity, not just the uniformity of this year's fashion but the imperative of size, shape, color, height, skin tone. Instead of relishing in the diverse beauties that cultures all over the world engender, we are dominating them with our own.
I was a dumpy, spotty teen and plagued by teasing at school. I had zero confidence and so a few years later at university I became anorexic.
Fresh concerns over school girls' eating habits have been raised after research revealed one in five are skipping lunch and
As an ex-service user I can appreciate just how much it means to have the same person, who knows you, your case and that you can trust at a time when you are vulnerable. This move to a service which bounces you from team to team dependant on risk in my opinion is nothing short of damaging to the very people the services are designed to protect and take care of.
On Monday at the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Causes and Consequences of Body Image Anxiety in the UK, the media were on the stand. Hardly anyone from the media would give evidence - mainly because editors and publishers know the causes and consequences of body image anxiety and no one wants to admit their part in it.
Ladies: it's time to put down those sparkly shoes and pick up your shields, for the battle of the body types rages on and you've simply got to choose a size, sorry, side. No, no - no dithering. You're either one or the other and before you starting rambling on about 'healthy body image' just shut it.
Until something is changed, men will continue to be excluded for the eating disorder treatment loop, forcing them into dangerous cycles which only grow in intensity, often leading to very poor outcomes. How many more need to suffer before our society stands up, takes note and realises we have a problem and something needs to be done about it?
Chocolate advent calendars, candy canes, mince pies, roasted chestnuts, figgy pudding, eggnog, turkey roast...'tis the season for feasting. But for someone with an eating disorder, there's little merry about Christmas time.