Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Losing Weight and Gaining Followers: A Study of 'A Response to Weight Critics'

Anorexia nervosa: A psychiatric disorder characterized by an unrealistic fear of weight gain, self-starvation, and conspicuous distortion of body image. The individual is obsessed with becoming increasingly thinner and limits food intake to the point where health is compromised. The disorder may be fatal. The name comes from two Latin words that mean "nervous inability to eat". Source

Pro-ana: Pro-ana refers to the promotion of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa as a lifestyle choice. Source

Thinspiration: 1. Photographs or other material intended to provide inspiration for anorexia nervosa as a lifestyle choice. Source 2. (a portmanteau of thin and inspiration) is a term that refers to a role model used by people (often individuals with eating disorders) to inspire them to lose weight. The term (shortened as "thinspo") is most common in the pro-ana community. Typically the thinspiration is a very thin female, usually a well known actress or a model, particularly one who successfully lost weight, or is known or rumored to have (or have had) an eating disorder. Source

Trigger: A substance, object, or agent that initiates or stimulates an action. See also: Something that either sets off a disease in people who are genetically predisposed to developing the disease, or that causes a certain symptom to occur in a person who has a disease. Source

By now, I'm sure most of you are aware that Lauren finally decided to speak publicly about her eating disorder. The post can be found on her blog, but for those who do not wish to contribute to Lauren's page views, I have pasted the entirety of that blog post within this entry. 

Please proceed with caution. This post contains triggering subjects and very graphic images. If you are easily triggered, I encourage you not to read the rest of the post.

I have put the rest of this (admittedly long) post under a jump break so that those who happen upon this blog for other information are not visually assaulted with what could easily be considered triggering and upsetting material.