Share Your Thoughts on This Week's Story: Anorexia Takes a Life

11/24/2006 at 10:00 AM ET

This week’s issue of PEOPLE magazine features a story about Ana Carolina Reston, a Brazil model who tragically died from complications due to anorexia at the age of 21. Following the August death of a Uruguayan model from heart failure during a fashion show, Reston’s death adds fuel to the outrage over too-thin models. Click here to read the story about Reston. You may also read our previous post on the PEOPLE’s cover story Pressure To Be Thin, by clicking here.

If you’d like to share your thoughts on this tragedy, or weigh in on the growing debate over weight issues in the fashion and entertainment industries, feel free to leave a comment here.

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Ashley on

it is so sad that people will be willing to die just to be skinny

bob on

it is all the industry’s fault. u certainly dont have to posin all young models minds. skinny isnt always beautiful!

Wild Mili on

U wrote “Uraguayan” and its URUGUAYAN!!!

no-duh on

Some people have no common sense of knowing whats right and wrong.

Rachel Gretzinger on

I am sorry but these people choose to be this way. Yes it is sad, but they choose it. It may be a cause of the way they were raised, but they do choose that lifestyle.

Mariana D. on

My comment it’s about Nicole’s crisis and how these kinds of model can we affect, specially in teenagers, I know that these kind of girls need attention & I think that she’s looking for love or something like that. I feel very upset because a lot of girls try to do the same with her bodies, I agree with the article because show us that it’s only a girl who has nutritious problems & how she’s solving that problems with specialist in nutrition. I hope that girl believe in herself & not only in what the people say.

Mariana D. on

My comment it’s about Nicole’s crisis and how these kinds of model can we affect, specially in teenagers, I know that these kind of girls need attention & I think that she’s looking for love or something like that. I feel very upset because a lot of girls try to do the same with her bodies, I agree with the article because show us that it’s only a girl who has nutritious problems & how she’s solving that problems with specialist in nutrition. I hope that girl believe in herself & not only in what the people say.

Brooke on

I must say something after dealing with my sister going through it and three of my best friends, two of them being hospitalized and one being held at home since her father is a doctor. The truth of the matter is when people claim that those suffering from anorexia choose to live that way, they are not only building walls between themselves and those suffereing from it but also between the reality of the situation and the lies they are told. Anorexia starts as a disease of the mind. If these models had cancer we would not look at them and blame them, we would sympathize and try to raise their spirits. Anorexia and depression is the same only a disease of the mind. Their minds have been filled with ideas and thoughts that they have to look a certain way. They are simply deceived, lied to, they dont have control. They fight as hard as they can but they can’t do it on their own, that is what hospitals, nutritionist, and therapists are for. True anorexia is something that can take a life to battle, and it cant be simply cured with medicine. The world needs to treat those who suffer from it with the upmost respect, and only try to help them through it instead of condeming them; that only makes them feel less of themselves. The media does play into the sickness but it is not the sole factor nor is only the person’s choices. Factor after factor play into it. I hope that one day we can learn to support instead of condemn and try to learn where they are coming from and how we can help them move on from the sickness of it all.

Shasha on

First off I would like to give both models families my condolences for their losses. My friend was a model and as soon as she got offers she started eating very little then it turned in to not eating at all.We shared an apartment and everyday she came in looking weak and depressed.One day she collapsed and when she was feeling better I said to her “You know what, now that you know how skinny you got to be a model. I want you to go down there and quit.And If they ask you why tell them because I’ve already damaged myself enough and I’ve worried the people around me.

And she did.The feeling of your best friend becoming alarmingly skinny minute by minute is scary and depressing and I know my friend would have enjoyed modeling if it wasn’t for all the things about being skinny.Some people said she threw away her dreams.I say she made herself a better person by quitting.

Kaye on

DO YOU KNOW WHAT???? its PARIS HILTON …….. yes, since Paris Hilton became famous, there has been a BIG pressure to be thin just like her. Before, it was only the models, but when Paris became famous, even stars like Lindsay, Kate B., (etc.) and of course her BFF Nicole R. are joining the bandwagon and are way too thin now ….. and at E news I heard that Paris HATES Jessica Simpson and thinks that Jessica is FAT!! Can you imagine that??? Paris did not even think that her sister NICKY is (for her standards) ALSO FAT!!! In fairness, Jessica S. and others like Beyonce & JLo should be role models for someone with an an ideal body because they look CURVY and most of all … HEALTHY!!!

I wish that a body like MARILYN MONROE would be an ideal one in the NEAR future!!! God Hear My Prayer!!!

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