Thigh Gap: Psychological Trap

thinspoA new dangerous trend amongst teenagers is starting to occur, it’s called the thigh gap and has been inspired by catwalk models and celebrities such as Amanda Bynes (She’s the man, Easy A) this new trend involves losing so much weight that your thighs don’t touch leaving this desired gap. I state teenagers as the audience as teenagers are highly influenced by the media and they are at the age most likely to develop an eating disorder.

What’s most worrying about this trend is that it is glamorising eating disorders and weight obsession. Individuals wanting this desired look are spreading the trend through Tumblr and Instagram, they share images of their progress and images of thinspiration and what they strive to achieve. What seems to be shown less often is the negative effects of an eating disorder, due to the celebrity culture thin is the only way in. If there were less pressures in the media to be so slim then individuals may start to accept their selves no matter what their shape or size may be. Instead they truly believe that in order to be ‘perfect’ or beautiful they must suffer until they have tiny waists and a thigh gap, this will just lead to health problems until they begin to recover.

I believe that the pressure to be perfect will continue and more and more people will suffer from an eating disorder whether they suffer from one naturally or choose to do so to follow these mad trends. A lot of people will call their selves fat and others around them when they aren’t at all, besides what is wrong with being curvy? It shouldn’t be frowned upon or even alienated.

Body pressure isn’t likely to die down until the media changes it’s approach to it, social media makes is so accessible to spread the word of thinspiration and inspire others to not give up until they achieve the fragile state. It also allows others to potentially bully those that are considered to be fat when they most likely aren’t.

What should be approached more is the negative affects of anorexia, bulimia and eating disorders, it should be educated more in schools, colleges and university. Magazines and television adverts should promote charities and support outlets to help individuals beat their problems, otherwise it could lead eating disorders being developed at a faster pace and at younger ages.

thigh gap

*images from Google

Thinspiration: Tragic Trending

Thinspiration is becoming even more accessible through the media to ‘inspire’ those with an eating disorder to achieve the perfect skinny look which is being perceived with celebrity culture. Even more worrying is that through the internet girls all over the world can access these images through sites such as Tumblr and Instagram by simply hashtaging key words such as ‘thinspo’ ‘eatingdisorder’ and ‘thinspiration’. Shouldn’t the sites take more control over their content? What right do the publishers have to try and influence such a dangerous disorder, even more tragic is that Kate Moss supposedly a ‘role model’ posed for an image quoted ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’ she should have known the dangers of this message, of course being a model the norm is to be quite slim but she shouldn’t be putting the message across to impressionable individuals.

ThinspirationAnorexia also looks like it is becoming a life choice rather than a diagnosed disorder, bloggers and members of Instagram have openly admitted that they are beginning their ‘journey’, anorexia is not a journey it is a serious problem. A lot of the girls that I saw stating this or already had eating disorders were only young teenagers yet to fully develop, they should be embracing life not counting calories and getting caught up in such a dangerous disorder. Not only is anorexia becoming so dangerously popular it is also leading to other problems such as self harm and suicidal intentions, having your bones stick out your body and match stick legs wont make you happy, weight loss becomes a dangerous cycle.

Unhealthy Publicity
Unhealthy Publicity

Unhealthy Publicity

It should not be glamorised through the media as being something girls should aspire to do, shocking images of negativity are used to make it look like that if you eat then you are or will become fat, it is a serious problem that should be educated more, you shouldn’t be made to feel guilty if you eat or are trying to get over an eating disorder. Although celebrities perceive a slim image and are publically slated if they gain weight it doesn’t mean that everybody should feel that way. ‘We live in a cultural Disneyland, where everything is parody and nothing is better or worse’ – Jean Baudrillard

Everybody is different, we all have different body shapes and unique styles, we shouldn’t push to look the same as everybody else especially when it has dangerous consequences, embrace your life and let go of the anorexia demons, losing weight to have a skeletal figure will not make you beautiful it will just make you miserable.

The right support is out there to fight your disorder and gain back your health and your life, images and websites for thinspiration isn’t the right way to go, it wont make you feel any better, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends and family, getting better wont be easy but small steps at a time will help you achieve your goal.

 http://www.b-eat.co.uk/http://www.samaritans.org/

*images sourced from Google

Cut For Bieber Hoax

Cut For Bieber

Sick Hoax or Cool New Trend?

Not being a user of Twitter I don’t follow the current trends or what celebrities are up to but one page that shocked me came to my attention on Facebook. #cutforbieber is apparently a new trend started by a ‘fan’ that wants to get the personal attention of Justin Bieber himself, the reason being to stop him smoking weed after images of the singer were published in a newspaper. I’m not really sure how one person could think that they could take on such a challenge. At the end of the day it’s his choice whether or not he does drugs and quite frankly why should we even care what he does? The sickening thing is that this ‘fan’ tried to turn self harm into a trend and convince other Bieber fans that doing such an awful stunt would ease his attention away from weed. Self harm is a serious matter, people who do it often have deep emotional problems and don’t need it showcased as a trend to attention seek. It is most likely that the person who started this sickening trend is an Internet troll who has nothing better to do with their lives than to ruin and torment others. Should there not be a way for social networks to target these people rather than letting something like this get out of control?

Should celebrities really have that much power over us that we’d mutilate our bodies for them? Why was this #cutforbieber page even allowed to be published in the first place? We are spending far too much of our free time consuming media that it’s now starting to change our cultural values and young people are using the internet in dangerous ways.

The majority of Biebers fan base is pre-teen girls so should their access of certain social media be restricted? That’s simply up to their parents but people should be more wary when it comes to ”trends’ like this, some are quick to join in as they really believe it will take effect and gain celebrities attention. More should be put into place to stop such things from taking place.Tackle Trolls. Tackle Bullying.