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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.

Photo: L’Equipe Agence/AP

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Anna on

weird we have the same name..anyway, it’s not only the beauty that most anorexics are worried about. It is genrally the feeling of acceptance. When you look at it more closely, there’s a deeper problem than just trying to be beautiful…

Amy on

you know whats really sad…. she doesnt look all that thin. to us, we think of the malnourished kids in africa dying of starvation. this just goes to show MANY people are on the brink of starvation and the standard has to change

Shanda on

This growing epidemic has hit and is now reaching far beyond just the modeling scene. It has hit our everyday lives. I work in an athletic retail store and I have to convince women daily that they have great figures and are not fat. It has pretty much hit women all around.

leeAnn on

it is so sad how theese models will do anything to make them skinny.

But this is common in the fashion industry, actually, it is nice that we now know about this, because we didnt have this information since the families were ashamed of telling the media.

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els on

I have had anorexia since i was 16,im now 21.Although the media and images of these thin models had nothing to do with me developing my eating disorder,i would say it has had an effect on my attempts at recovery.From experiance of talking to other suffers,i have heard a common theme that although it never played a role in the development of their eating disorder,it has played a part in fueling it,and preventing the want to recover,having constant images of extremely thin models and celebs.I do feel that many young girls see these thin models but are ot aware of the serious health effects and consequences of their low body weight,this i feel is a problem that can be improved,largely through awareness and education.

beauty girl on

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