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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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Natalie on

I understand how this happened to this girl. Maybe she did take things a little too far, but Im not a model or an actress, and I have tons of pressure to be thin. Pressure from everyone these days….family, friends and the media.

Erica on

This woman was beautiful. If you ever watch America’s Next Top Model you will see how if you are even a little “curvy”, no one wants you. And then they wonder why these girls have eating disorders?

Lee on

I was saddened to read about Ana Reston and am so sorry for her family’s grief.

At the same time our society needs to wake up to the astronomical amounts of women who struggle with all types of eating disorders (approx. 10 million according to the NEDA) and for anyone touched by this disease it is a terrible struggle for all involved. We watch these women disappear before our eyes (i.e.: Nicole Ritchie, Lindsay Lohan, and others) and then we are not surprised when they pass away? (Like Reston’s relatives who were “grieved, but not entirely surprised.”) It starts with each one of us taking a stance on (for starters); fashion shows with too skinny models, emaciated models in magazines and on TV, and the constant bombardment of images that promote “thinness” in an overly obese society! Then we need to be educated on how to help women and men struggling before it is too late!

Furthermore, this article should have been titled “Anorexia takes LIVES!” Not, “A LIFE” Anorexia and other eating disorders take millions of lives every year! An eating disorder is a slow suicide. Of course, no one begins an eating disorder trying to die…but once trapped by the lies of the addiction one can do nothing but succumb to the constant demands the addiction requires. I myself almost died from Anorexia eleven years ago. I was trapped in a dark pit of constant obsession about food and weight. I lost friends, health, and almost my life. For some reason I was given a second chance after an almost deadly suicide attempt. I am now living free of the trap of Anorexia eleven years later. My life is a miracle…it IS possible.

I am not your average story, most end up like Ana Reston or struggle for the rest of their lives. But I encourage you to please write a longer article in People that doesn’t detail numbers and sizes of those struggling, but one that discusses the deeper issues that surround eating disorders, and then another article that gives HOPE. Tell the story of, “YES…you can die from this disease…Yes it is deadly…but YES…YOU CAN LIVE WITHOUT IT!” There is life without an eating disorder! I am proof of that! Others need to come out of the woodwork and tell their own stories as well!

Sarah on

FYI, she was forced to model as a means of earning money to support her family. It was the industry that pushed her to be skinny.

chris on

When looking through the pictures in the photo section (#10) I was shocked at how skinny kate bosworth is. What happened to the muscular surfer babe she played? Her knees in particular are so thin I HAD to look away. When will hollywood get the fact that people do not enjoy seeing PAINFULLY skinny models and or actress’s. Do people think that it is a coincidence that Marilyn Monroe, one of the sexiest women ever had a little meat on her bones? Thanks Chris

michelle on

As a woman who has suffered from anorexia and fought the long struggle to get my world under control, it just makes me ill to hear the modeling agencies saying this is unfair to women who are naturally petite. Well shoot, then they can just join the women who are naturally curvy, have big frames or who are short and thereby excluded from the modeling industry. Put the models on a cheesecake and cheeseburger diet for a few weeks and we’ll find out who is “naturally petite.” What a load of b.s….

micheleeee. on

This is sad. And it seems us in the USA are the only ones with a problem this serious. What is happening to us?

Natasha on

I thought that this was one of the saddest stories ever. Seeing as how i was once anorexic myself. I understand all the pain that she went through, and i understand the pain of her family. I am so saddened, however, that she was not fortunate enough to recieve the help that she truly needed and deserved. I would just like to put out there for all those young girls, eating disorders are a very scary thing to go through, and if you or someone you know has an eating disorder i recommend that you get help soon. You never know when the choices you make today, will save someones life tomorrow.

chrissy on

I would like to know why the articles about this tragedy dont mention the psycho designers name that hired an 80 something pound woman (only that she was on the runway) so that people can make informed decistions about whose clothes they buy? To me if they want to be that irresponsible and if they truly think it is right then let the media put a name to this tragedy. If the designers wouldnt hire them unhealthy they would gain weight to meet the ideal, I gaurantee you. Personally I think that they feel if the woman looks good (curvy) people will notice the clothes less.

Val on

Some people are confused as to what this disease is all about. It is a sickness, not a choice. It has everything to do with self esteem and feeling like one belongs. It is total control over what others cannot control and a method to feel better about one self. It should not be confused with a desire to lose weight. I am an anorexic that has found a sense of peace in my life and no longer the need to abuse my self to feel better. But it is an on going process. My prayers are with her family and others who have not had the chance to find that inner peace.

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