How thin is too thin?
My teenage daughter wears a size 0. She doesn’t have an eating disorder. She’s always been skinny, yet she satisfies a big appetite. I recall her as a toddler and doctors wanting to run tests because she was below the average. The test results always showed her to be a healthy girl. My daughter is just small for her age. Yes, I know. That’s a common excuse among the anorexic. But as long as she is healthy and happy, the doctors told me, I shouldn’t worry about her. And I don’t.
But the last time I went clothes shopping with her, I was blown away by the new sizes they now have for young girls. While size 0 used to be the smallest size in young women’s clothing, they now carry -0, -1, and -2. Who could possibly wear these, I thought. I believe these negative sizes are giving girls negative thoughts. With so many wafer-thin supermodels already impressing upon young girls that it is important to look like them, our stores are now in a sense confirming that fact by providing the negative sized clothing. Keep on reading.
The new holocaust eating disorder.
We’ve all heard of anorexia and bulimia. But the popular eating disorder now is called “pro ana” and “thinspo” (short for thin inspiration). I say popular because it is in fact just that. “Pro ana” stands for pro anorexia. It is a movement consisting of mostly young women who starve themselves to the point that one can see the definition of their ribs. They flaunt their disorder by sharing pictures of themselves on the Internet. And they strongly encourage others to do the same. They make comments such as, “I’d rather die than be fat,” and, “Size zero equals perfection.” They completely disregard the risks they are facing.
But severe weight loss results in severe health problems.
For anyone reading this whose goal is to achieve extreme weight loss, imagine living with:
So much for the “perfection” status.