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Rail-thin celebs motivate many with eating disorders

November 26th, 2005

One ongoing challenge for people with eating disorders is the prevalence of media images which can encourage and promote unhealthy goals among some individuals. A photo on the cover of Nicole Ritchie’s new book has recently become popular as “thinspiration” among pro-ana and pro-mia sites.

In a baby pink tutu and leotard, celebrity rich girl Nicole Richie’s emaciated, child-like figure adorns the back cover of her new novel, “The Truth About Diamonds.”

The shocking image of the 24-year-old daughter of ’80s pop rocker Lionel Richie is becoming a motivator for young anorexics trying to starve themselves as experts worry about the effect the latest Hollywood “thin-spiration” will have on young women.

An Internet search of Richie yields a number of pro-anorexia and bulemia (pro-ana, pro-mia) sites, founded by girls suffering from eating disorders and which promote the diseases. Richie has denied having an eating disorder in several recent media interviews.

The article at the Boston Herald also quotes some blog posts like these:

I am about 5’5 and 100 pounds, but my goal weight is 85 pounds, because that’s Nicole Richie’s weight, and I think she looks great now.

I hate my self, my body, everything about me. Im ana…what a suprise! ….My ULTIMATE THINSPIRATION is Nicole Richie…i just love her! see ya!

link: Here’s the skinny: Rail-thin celebs motivate many with eating disorders Boston Herald, November 21, 2005

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