Okay so i'm working my way through all the eating disorder documentries on youtube and I had to talk about this one because it made me so angry.
The truth about online anorexia - by Fearne Cotton
"Fearne Cotton examines the ongoing trend for super-slim women and
immerses herself in the worrying world of pro-ana websites who
encourage anorexia and starvation as a life choice.
As Fearne explores the diet and exercise regime of a pro-ana, shell
try some of the extreme regimes that they endorse and meet other girls
whove embraced the same lifestyle. She will explore the seductive
nature of these support groups, examine the world of competitive
dieting, and look at relationships that ordinary women have with each
other when it comes to diet and body image."
The premise is she investigates pro ana sites, tries a diet to... idk relate to an anorexic? and then talks to a family and a sufferer of anorexia (because god forbid she speaks to someone with an ed that isn't anorexia).
So this was released a while ago and obviously the "pro ana" scene has changed dramtically since the early 2000's and it's not full of those blogger sites with tips anymore. However I hate how judgy she is. She labels us all as ridiculous toxic people that just want to lure people in. She acts like we think of it as a lifestyle choice and granted some people did back in the day but the research in all of these documentaries when it comes to pro ana sites is so surface level!! WE ARE NOT ALL LIKE THAT! and if they did proper research they would know this. Any bashing of these websites make me so angry. The people are always stuck up journalists who will never understand how lonely it is to suffer with an eating disorder. I am always in favour of mpa because we're able to talk to people who understand what it's like to be stuck in this illness and not ready for recovery. I do think if you want to recover it's not the best place to be but if you're still struggling nd you're not ready then this is a welcoming place - and that's what you never see in these docs.
She then goes on to try the rainbow diet. I don't get what she was trying to accomplish with this. She wanted to immerse herself into what it's like to be anorexic? How about you just stick to talking to people with different eating disorders instead to get an idea. Again all these women seem to think eating disorders are just anorexia and bulimia and all it is is a bunch of girls going on crash diets, getting to thin and bam we're all delusional and sick and need to recover and as soon as we gain weight we're fine. They all focus on the aspect of dieting and the media when in reality it's none of that. It's people - not just women, trying to gain control back in their lives and they do it by restricting/binging/purging. Anyone who has researched eds knows you're surpressing your emotions and instead of dealing with them you turn to these behaviours. But again here is another journalist trying to paint us as all young, delusional females obsessed with kate moss. Which again - maybe that was the case with some people back in the day but ffs do more research.
What really irritated me was she didn't even stick to the diet for one fucking day! I know that's not the point and it's not healthy for her to do so anyway but ffs it just shows lack of care and effort . She claims she wasn't doing it to lose weight but we now know that fearne has come out and said she suffers with bulimia so I wonder how pure her intentions were trying to do the diet.
The way she tries out the tips and laughs at how ridiculous they were also really irritated me. Yes they are stupid and damaging and we should all be choosing the burger instead of making thinspo collages or chewing ice but ffs WE ARE ILL! what don't these morons get about that? We're poorly ffs we didn't ask for you to come on our websites and start judging and laughing at us. Maybe this is just me being over sensitive but it felt like she was laughing at our entire community and it pissed me off. She also speaks to a bunch of kids and it is sad because they're all so young and they all wanted to lose weight however - is it really a good idea to talk to a bunch of kids about their bodies and calories and pro ana? if they never heard of all of that well they have now well done!
The rest of the documentary is fine, she talks to a grieving mom who lost her child to anoreixa and also talks to a recovered anorexic. But where is the diversity? no where to be seen in this doc. Watch it and give me your thoughts, let me know if you think its insensitive and bullshit or if i'm being too sensitive!