Saturday, February 03, 2007

Dying To Be Thin?

Mark over at Chester Street has some pictures up of two "stars" who are battling that Hollyweird lie promoting ultra thinness as an attractive look. Such lies push women into that dreaded state of being "anorexic."

Yes. When you look at those pictures, we can see how lies being told about what constitutes an "attractive look" in the acting and modeling industry is more accurately a spiral down towards health disasters. Unsuspecting teen, young women (and the girls that wish to emulate them) are headed towards infertility (often a devastating side effect of extreme weight loss) and even towards death.

Do you think that Nicole Ritchie thinks she looks good in that photo?

From what I have learned from people who have experienced the roller coaster ride of either anorexia-nervosa or bulimia, oftentimes a sufferer like Ritchie would look in the mirror and fear that she is still "too fat"!!


Now, I will most likely get bashed for sharing some of the comments I made over at Mark's blog here, but it needs to be said.

Such a disturbing post!

So many young women have become infertile and find that they can't have children because their bodily functions start to shut down in a "prior to death" way. It's so extremely sad!

Since I have a 19 year old daughter in the acting and modeling industry, I have seen the pressure placed upon her to be extremely thin. Fortunately, she has a good head on her shoulders and is working with a personal trainer who encourages her to eat small portions 6 times a day and work out to gain muscle and lose body fat. As the last paragraph in the this article reveals, eating healthy and exercising properly is the healthy way to attain a nice shape.

Thankfully, not all young women are falling for the lie.

Nicole Ritchie looks as bad as the starving children we see on TV in the Christian missionary help ads! Someone needs to rescue that young woman from her current journey towards an early death!

In the past, I have read several articles where it is suspected that some (not all) gay men clothing designers are partly responsible for this anorexia and bulimia epidemic amongst young women. The desire to be a size "2" or "0" (which is totally unhealthy for a 5' 7" woman!) seems to be foremost in the minds of would-be, up and coming, and current, actresses and models.

Why is this so?

Many gays admire that "young boy look" and thus apply that way of thinking to the female bodies of models.

Unfortunately, women in the designer clothing industry, who urge young girls who are 5' 8" and up to weigh in at an unhealthy 110 lbs. (and under!) have also fallen for the same insane lie. All they care about is how the clothes "drape" on the model...not whether or not she has a healthy diet.

Fortunately, there are a few designers, like Giorgio Armani, who are willing to speak out against this unhealthy and dangerous modeling trend.

It is a dangerous trend that needs to be brought out into the open, countered, and stopped...for the sakes of many young women (and the girls that want to emulate them) who are dying young because of it!

HT: Chester Street

Update: Check out this list of celebs who have suffered from various eating disorder afflictions here.


Jaded said...

Totally off topic, but did you see the report on Fox News last night about radical Islam "in their own words?" It was frightening and chilling. I didn't plan on watching it, and yet, once it started I couldn't change the channel. I was in absolute shock over the evil, hatred and violence that is taught to even the youngest children. Families actually encourage their children to become suicide bombers because it's a badge of honor for the family to have a "martyr" in their midst! We in the west can't utter a negative thought about Islam without fear of retaliation, yet they are indoctrinating their children to murder all Jews and Christians. Actually, while religion is a big issue, they want to murder all Americans, and believe that one day they can force this nation to convert to Islam. Yet, the most liberal among us think that if they are open and tolerant, everything will work out fine. These radicals don't care about political affiliation, they want us all dead simply because we're not radical Muslims!

Sorry for the tangent, but, I was, and still am, deeply disgusted by what I saw.

As for this post, well, the entertainment industry is all about appearance in most cases. Actually, in the theatre, you can be pretty much any shape or size as long as you have talent, but not so for movies and modeling. Cindy Crawford would be considered too fat to model today, because in her day, she wore a size 6! Can you imagine anyone who is 5'8 or 5'10 being too fat for a size 6? They want the girls today to be a 0 or a 2, even at 5'10! Unbelievable!

Faultline USA said...

Hi Christine. Thought I'd drop by for a visit. I feel sorry for those who are ensnared by the Hollywood images of thinness. They don’t even understand who or what they are or what is really important in life.

I'm afraid I'm going off topic as well. Like jaded I saw the Fox News report about radical Islam last night. Couldn't let go of it. Thought of you and wanted to ask you to visit and comment on Faultline USA and today’s post “Our Vulnerable Religious Freedoms.”

We all need to take note of this and ponder what it means
"(1) When a government fails to define what constitutes a religion it conveys a message to all that any ideology can pass for religion, and that freedom of religious expression supercedes all other freedoms and overrules all duties of government – specifically the primary duty of government to protect its citizens from harm.
(2) When a government fails to define what constitutes a religion, any ideology with intent to destroy the very constitutional protections it enjoys can hide in plain view while actively undermining the very system of government that gives it protection."

Christinewjc said...

Hi Jaded and Faultline,

I saw the show too. In some ways, it was even more frightening than the documentary that I have been urging people to watch!

It is my goal to do another post on this subject. I know that my readers are probably sick of reading about it at my blog, but it is one of the most important (if not the most important!!) issues of our time!

Too many people have been lulled into complacency. Many others are just not paying close enough attention to realize what is happening and what is at stake! Others are too busy with their lives to care. Others don't care "what happens over there..." Others (like Whoopie Goldberg on O'Reilly the other night) consider America's "invasion" in Iraq as the "chief cause" for stirring up the hornets nest of radical islamofascists.

I would bet that most have never seen either the documentary or the Fox News special which clearly shows WHERE the hatred, jihad call, and willingness to strap bombs on themselves for the "glory" of martyrdom for "allah" starts. It starts in the mosques! The schools...with 5 year olds!! The government! The brainwashing is so complete...they don't know anything else!!

Mothers who can "celebrate" when one of their children becomes a "martyr" are so delusioned by radical Islam that we just can't even imagine the reality of it all! It is an ideology that is so bizarre, we can't even believe it truly exists!

There is also a documentary that was done over in Britain which shows that even the "moderate" muslim mosques preach hate, jihad, and martyrdom!

As Goldberg revealed on O'Reilly, the "way that she feels" about the war in Iraq (and the desire for our troops to leave) is what trumps the reality of the danger of Muslim Islamofacist Terrorism and our need to combat this "religion of death" squad!

I'm saying a lot of what I want to say in my new blogpost. I'll be back later to post it.

Faultline, I'll be over to your blog to read your post and will link to it in my new post.

We all need to keep this situation front and center in the blogosphere. The MSM always gives the liberal spin about it all. So, the blogs and individual shows like O'Reilly, Hannity & Colmes, Hannity's America, and Glenn Beck (one of the few shows I watch on CNN Headline News [not regular CNN channel])are the ones to watch for the no-spin truth!

limpy99 said...

Maybe we could get the radical Islamists concerned about their weight?

Christinewjc said...

That's Limpy for ya...always good for a laugh!

Hey you...did you see this post over at your blog in the "Home Cookin'" thread?

Want a great tuna casserole recipe? Everyone who has ever tried it loves it (or, they lied)!

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