that bulimia hostage ad…

December 22, 2007 at 6:35 am (Eating Disorder, Health, Media, Rants) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Since it seems to be a big topic right now, I figured I’d throw my two cents in. Why are people so critical of that series of ads? So maybe bulimia wasn’t my eating disorder, but don’t they kinda hold the sufferer hostage? That’s how I’ve always felt, with my depression, OCD, ED… My parents would back me up. They ‘just wanted their daughter back.’ Same with my brother’s ADHD. Hostage is exactly how it feels. Was it a little extreme? Of course. Tasteless? Nope. True? Yes.

At least it got some attention and discussion to the issue.

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the media may not cause eating disorders…

September 24, 2007 at 9:43 pm (Eating Disorder, Media, Rants) (, , , , , , , , )

…but it certainly doesn’t help. I keep thinking about the book Stick Figure by Lori Gottlieb. She keeps obsessing over a phrase from an ad ‘if you can pinch an inch’ (I think it was Special K or something). Anyway, that’s her obsession. Mine is an ad from several years back I think for some breakfast substitute that had the message you are what you eat. For example a guy in an office eating a donut was putting one around his waist. But the part that really stood out to me… a woman hailing a taxi with a pastry hanging from her arm. To me she was already really thin and pretty, but apparently because she had eaten breakfast, her arms were now huge and flabby and doughy. But she was skinnier than me, so what did that make MY arms? The media doesn’t cause eating disorders, I agree with that. But they damn sure don’t help. It was that one ad that taught me to hate my arms. That they would never be thin enough. That breakfast only makes you fatter. It’s an old ad, but to this day, it’s so so vivid to me. It’s not why I suffered anorexia nervosa, but you can’t say it didn’t leave a negative impression.

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