Ryann Maegen Hoven, aka blogger Tess Holliday announced she is in recovery from anorexia.
“I’m anorexic and in recovery. I’m not ashamed to say it out loud anymore. I’m the result of a culture that celebrates thinness and equates that to worth, but I get to write my own narrative now. I’m finally able to care for a body that I’ve punished my entire life and I am finally free.”
Tess’ platform has always been about fat acceptance and body positivity, which means obesity acceptance, now she claims that she has a eating disorder – Anorexia nervosa.
I am not a doctor but it is known that to be anorexic your BMI has to be between 15 and 16.
My personal opinion is that Tess may have stopped eating for an hour, but she is not anorexic.
According to the Mayo Clinic, anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of weight. People with anorexia place a high value on controlling their weight and shape, using extreme efforts that tend to significantly interfere with their lives.
To prevent weight gain or to continue losing weight, people with anorexia usually severely restrict the amount of food they eat. They may control calorie intake by vomiting after eating or by misusing laxatives, diet aids, diuretics or enemas. They may also try to lose weight by exercising excessively. No matter how much weight is lost, the person continues to fear weight gain.
Anorexia isn’t really about food. It’s an extremely unhealthy and sometimes life-threatening way to try to cope with emotional problems. When you have anorexia, you often equate thinness with self-worth.
Anorexia nervosa is a serious condition and Tess is making light of it. Most of the media is supporting this nonsense claim, going as far to call her a supermodel, the last supermodel was Gisele Bündchen.
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