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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illyana on

it makes me really sad seing all those things that are being published about food disturbes. i had both anorexia and bulemia.. i wanted to became a fashion model, and since im tall, i decided to try a strange diet, in which everything i ate was some vegetables everyday, and water.. when i realized, i was trying, but i couldnt eat anything else.. ive lost 30kg.. i became thinner than ana carolina reston, cause we had 1,74m and at this time, my weight was just 37kg. i could have died.. i was very luck i didnt had not even a flu when i was ill. i gave up on moddeling, but i still have a lot of problems dealing with food.. im always concerned about how i look, and i still have bulemia crises sometimes. im on treatment since i was 13, and now im 18. i have so much to say about those illnesses.. i wish i could talk to every single person in the world who suffer from those things, but i dont know if i can.. so here’s a shorty version of what ive been through. my family has helped me a lot and they also had suffered a lot, the treatment is not cheap at all, at least here in brazil, i could pay for a great car with the money i have spent through all those 5 years, and the information available doesnt help, it makes it worst. i would like to share everything i know with people who are interested.. so, you can contact me, and i can try to help, to be supportive somehow.

Nanci de Fátima C. Garcia on

I’m from in Brazil.We are more time sad with plus a death for anorexy, not for being Brazilian, but for the always events ahead of this terrible illness, provoked for so serious diet imposet by the Agencies of Fashion to the models. Some steps will have to be take urgently, so that incan diminises this pratical on the part of these models.

Sue on

I really believe this industry of exploting thin to very thin “IS IN” models…is absurd! Has any of the managers of these women and yes, men, ever struggled with this horrible disease? It is a disease! Girls and not only girls, men also, look at these models as ROLE MODELS????
Come on now….it is proven eating un healthy will harm and even kill you! I have had a family member that has been dealing with this issue for a few years…believe you me, it is one of the most horrible things ever!! Yes, this family member wants to look like a model like in the magazines….I DON’T EVER WANT TO SEE ANYONE SO HORRIBLY THIN AND MOST IM PORTANTLY…..MAL NOURISHED!!! THAT ALONE WILL KILL THEM AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO REALLY BEIEVES THESE MODELS ARE SO PERFECT AND BEAUTIFUL! Give it up now, isn’t it better to be REAL like most of us and enjoy your body that God gave you and be happy!

Melinda on

I can’t wait until the day when we value being healthy over being thin.

Karen on

To think that the only way you can get or keep a job you must be so thin….
When the public eye is on you, you’ll do anything to look your best. Only what you see and what we see (the public) is 2 different things. We see “to skinny”, they see “not skinny enough”. Very sad.

AnnieM on

I’m with Rachel G – I believe that there are certain folks predisposed to this sort of thing as it has been occuring long before fashion was mainstream (believe Freud or some other long-ago analyst delved into this). Anyway, it is a shame girls spiral out of control.

Lidya on

it’s really sad to see women and men would go this far to get a job or to be beautiful. Ana was a beautiful girl and you see models, but you don’t see that they’re probably suffering on the inside. Not only models now affecting girls everywhere but also actress. Some people who live under poverty does not have the same choices we do and its sad to see us take things for granted, when people around the world doesn’t have the luxury as we do. it’s amazing how we see the world change, not for the better but for the worse. Life is precious and you only get to live it once, make it count.

Yelena on

But, she doesn’t look anorexic!

Melissa on

This story is very, very sad, however I think it’s frustrating that this particular topic of “Models being too thin” is getting so much global attention, when this situation is effecting “regular” women and men all over the world. My best friend of 20 years died last Oct. from bulimia and she was 29 years old. It would be nice if every person affected by these diseases would receive as much attention as these models are. Maybe that way this epidemic would finally get the financial help and support it so desperately deserves. Everyone’s life is equally as important as the next.
M – Boston, MA

Carrie on

I simply do not understand how these models and actresses can look in a mirror and think that a skeleton with skin is attractive. When I see Nicole R. or Lindsay L. or the Olsens on TV in their tiny bare little dresses, I shudder. They are bones, with fleshless legs and bony protruding knees. I don’t get it.

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