a now viral New York Post Article slammed this week for glorifying eating disorders (opens in new tab) and promoting an unhealthy body image.
Trigger Alert: Discusses the topics of eating disorders, drug addiction and body weakness.
The article claimed that “heroin chic” is back—a style popular in the ’90s that glamorized the pale complexion associated with underweight, frizzy hair and often drug use.
This was tweeted to the official on Wednesday morning New York Post account, read more: “Goodbye Booty: Heroin Chic Is Back.”
Within the article, they discuss how the “skinny, heroin-chic body” of the ’90s is “making a comeback”, erasing the “skinny fat” body type and the strong not thin mentality that has been popularized in recent years. Champion has been done.
It read: “Even the famously bootylicious Kardashian is turning away from curvy physiques. Kim and Khloé have been looking thinner as of late, leading fans to speculate that they have reversed their Brazilian butt lifts – although it has never been confirmed that either was a process to begin with.
Why the Viral “Heroin Chic” Article Is So Harmful, According to Three Experts
Still, apparently, the article faced fierce backlash, with actress and presenter Jameela Jameel posting on Instagram: “No. No. F**k it.”
“We’re not going back, and how dare the media give this any oxygen?! I’m the generation of the first wave of this. We never fully recovered. I lost two decades of my life.” “
“I’m begging you to reject it violently… We worked so hard and made so much progress and we’re not being held back.”
She has been opening up about her eating disorder in the past. But she’s not alone—hundreds of people, including eating disorder experts, survivors, and more, have taken to social media to point out an important notion: that bodies aren’t trends, and articles like this seem to confirm this. are that we must sacrifice our health to look a certain way.
So why is the article so harmful? Well, as Kerry Jones, a leading eating disorder psychiatrist and founder of Orrie (www.orri-uk.com), a Specialist Day Treatment Service for Eating Disorders, explains, it is highly harmful because it reinforces the notion that women care about our actual health – as and when celebrities dictate how we look. Can (and should) change.
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“The problem with such trends is that they are inconsistent, transient, and arbitrary,” explains psychiatrist Jordan Vyas-Lee. In other words, they’re meaningless—they’ll change with the seasons and leave you back to square one.
That’s where issues arise – where women are subconsciously encouraged to adopt fad diets (opens in new tab) To change how they look. “If you don’t see yourself as fit, you may turn the blame inward or engage in unhealthy and dangerous behavior to fit the narrative.”
Body image problems are one of the strongest risk factors for developing an eating disorder – and as Jones points out, this unrealistic and pressurized media showcase only promotes these. “Bodies, and women’s bodies in particular, have been in the spotlight for decades, a great value the media have given them,” she shares. “From a young age, we are told messages and beliefs about our bodies that become a narrative for how we see the world, ourselves, and our bodies.”
Likewise, as clinical psychologist and founder of coves (opens in new tab)Dr. Jenna Vyas-Lee, explains, the message that there are “fashionable” body types can put enormous — and completely unrealistic — pressure on people to look a certain way. This can lead to symptoms of anxiety (opens in new tab)Eating Disorders, Body Dysmorphia and more.
Several studies, including a 2016 paper published in body image Journal and a study published in 2018 Acad Psychiatry, found that the media plays a vital role in the creation and promotion of an “ideal” body shape – which is why it is so important that we continue to reinforce the fact that every body is different, will look different, and be different. will respond to.
“Articles like this New York Post Someone can encourage you to evaluate yourself based on external factors,” shares Dr. Vyas-Lee. “For some, it really can help them to judge themselves exclusively by their aesthetic appearance, body shape, and weight.” Encourages attainment of self-worth.”
Which, of course, is not the case. Our self-worth lies in much more than that – kindness, abilities, achievements, and more.
Not to mention how damaging it is for people currently living with drug addiction — “who usually have an extensive history of trauma,” Dr. Vyas-Lee shares. They continue, “The perception of drug addiction as a lifestyle choice is being invalidated and re-shocking the severity of acute psychotic disorder.”
Others were quick to point out how insensitive the article was to the current cost of living crisis. (opens in new tab)Which is struggling to afford food to many families globally.
While the diet fad will never go away completely, here Marie Claire UK We are constantly encouraging you to create a healthy routine that really works for you and your body. No fads, no quick fixes, and no change for other people. Why? Because you deserve to be at peace with your body.
so what next?
How can we stop these narratives from being publicized? Well, as Vyas-Lee says, it is the responsibility of the media to publish with sensitivity. “The trends will continue to exist, but we should encourage dialogue and avoid glamorizing or glorifying unhealthy behaviors that can take years to resolve. In fact, the media has the potential to provide tools for health promotion and prevention strategies.” have the opportunity.”
Here’s to continuing to work towards a society where women are not pressured to look a certain way because the media considers it a “trend.”