NO, before you think this is a post on how to starve and diet yourself to death, let me clear the air. When my friend sent me a link to a news post by Daily Mail Reporter on the death of the Anorexic model Isabelle Caro due to Anorexia, I knew this was something I had to write about and share with my readers. Isabel was a French model and actress who died at the young age of 28. On her blog she mentions that she was suffering from anorexia ever since she was 13 because of a difficult childhood. She did the campaign for an Italian fashion brand for young women called 'Nolita' where she posed naked to display to the world, the effects that anorexia had had on her body due to which her vertebrae and facial bones are protruding in the pictures. The reason behind an off beat ad campaign like that? I would say to project to the world what the stereotypes of fashion are doing to the world. The reason behind writing about something like this? Pretty much the same. As an individual who sees young girls around me actually change their lifestyle, not for the better, to 'lose weight' and fit in with their peers, I'm a very very concerned blogger. Would you believe me if I told you that there were chat rooms found which actually advised you on 'how to hide your purging habits from your family'? Its shocking, not because of how the adolescent or even adult women decide to act upon such brain blocks but more so because there are prevalent in our society, very cliche and stereotyped opinions on what is beauty and what is 'sexy' or 'fashionable'. I remember this incident from school where a junior suddenly started bunking meals and in a few months time, she was quite literally floating in her uniform. On being asked she retorted with a very matter-of-factly answer, "My mother wouldn't stop taunting me about how fat I was as compared to all her friends' kids, what was I to do?".
Anorexia as a disease is basically grounded in a mind set. If you're going to believe you're FAT and hear it from your family, peers and other circles..you are likely to believe so. And according to me, therein also lies the solution.
Without being too preachy, let me tell you about the conceptualization of an International No Diet Day which is a celebration of acceptance of your body shape and type and also understanding the diversity as regards the same. May 6, be sure to wear this around and you're sure to get at least a few people to understand the gravity of the problem.