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This is a petition to ban all size 0 models and also models with an unhealthy BMI (below 18.5) within Australia from the fashion catwalks and magazines.
We live in the 21st century where we are able to travel to space! It only makes sense that we do not take a 'one-size fits all’ image approach when it comes to our appearance and body image. Out of the worlds 7.017 billion population no two people are identical. Therefore why should we as both men and woman be exposed to an extremely influential fashion industry that tells us as that 'this' (size 0, which is an Australian size 4!) is what we need to look like to achieve 'that look' which is defined as so called 'beauty'.
Why should curvier women feel intimidated by these designers and this industry? We shouldn't! We are all different shapes & sizes, and if you believe that the fashion industry should portray a realistic body image of the Australian woman instead of underweight models that pursue us into believing that the size 0 image is how we need to look to achieve beauty than please sign this petition so that the Australian Government can ban these models and their associated health risks such as anorexia and bullemia.
Anorexia is most prevalent in adolescent girls who idolise these stick thin models that are flaunted to us in almost every magazine and fashion catwalk. Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents. 40-60% of high school girls are on a diet, 50% of girls between the ages of 13 – 15 years old believe they are overweight and 80% of 13 year old girls admit to dieting. Almost 50% of suffers with anorexia also suffer from severe depression. This is a vicious cycle that is not only physically unhealthy, but it is mentally exhausting. This petition is going to be presented to local media, national media and eventually the Australian Parliament and government to demand a policy be put in place that bans these underweight models, and also ensures that as a legal procedure all models need to have a full health check before undertaking any modelling assignment.
If you believe that change is due and wish the help prove that we as Australians embrace the ‘real’ and healthy woman than please sign this petition.
I don't like the "anorexic culture" Hollywood, modeling mags, and Olympic gymnastics keep pushing. This obsession with who ever is the skinniest including the worship of Paris Hilton and Megan Fox is not only unwarranted but stupid.
I keep seeing women with legs and arms like twigs, with no butt or hips at all, ribs sticking out, and they think are becoming exactly what most men want because they have no fat on them.
Which is only true for a small percentage of vain idiots, and they aren't the people one should be looking for approval from.
We aren't harming anyone
We should have the right to get support
We should be allowed to freely express ourselves
We post warnings on all our groups
We should be allowed to help each other
We don't support "healthy" girls becoming ill
We aren't doing anything illegal
I just am so angry at lisa from the veronicas lol. well, i think its pretty gross that shes doing this to her body.
why cant she be more like jess and her bf(dean geyer). he's such a hottie. she feels so untouched right now lol.
Glasgow and Aberdeen have specialist inpatient services for adults with eating disorders, so why not Edinburgh?
If your life has been affected by an eating disorder, either as sufferer or carer, or you wish to help prevent someone else suffering the misery of this condition without the inpatient support they deserve from a capital city, please add your name to this petition.
With the dramatic increase in eating disorders over the last decade, services have not kept apace with need. Having been raised in Edinburgh, and having graduated as a doctor from Edinburgh university while suffering from anorexia, I feel I have been let down by a lack of inpatient services in my home town. My frustration is such that I now feel compelled to lobby the Scottish Parliament for an inpatient unit for adults with eating disorders in the Edinburgh and Lothians area preferrably attached to either St. John's hospital, Livingston or the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where psychiatric and medical services could be combined.
For adults in Edinburgh and the Lothians, there is only an outpatients service provided through the Cullen Centre (Royal Edinburgh Hospital). This service is divided into the Anorexia Nervosa Intensive Care Team for those at extremely low body weights (BMI 13 or below), and a team for general help with eating disorders. This is good as far as it goes, but waiting times for general help can be up to nine months, and the length of a course of therapy is woefully inadequate due to the inability for existing resources to meet demand.
I've suffered from an eating disorder for twenty years, and I have twice had to be hospitalised for treatment. Both these times have involved leaving my home and family to stay in specialist units in either York and Glasgow as there were no specialist inpatient services in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland! These services were good, but continuity of care in the outpatient setting was impossible to deliver due to the distances involved. As relapse is most likely to occur in the immediate period after discharge, there is a wasted opportunity for recovery as the lack of continuity leads to unnecessary suffering.
Although now there is a small unit in West Lothian, this only caters for a tiny porportion of sufferers and only people up to the age of 35
On September 13, 2006 Madrid, Spain put a ban on overly thin models for Madrid’s fashion week. This means that models that were under a body mass index of 18 were turned away. Over 30% of the models that walked the year before could not walk the show. Deputy finance minister of the regional administration in Spain by the name of Concha Guerra said that “Fashion is a mirror and many teenagers imitate what they see on the catwalk.”
Virtually everyone falls short when they size themselves up against the images of models on the catwalk or in the magazines. According to About.com, approximately 7 million girls and women struggle with eating disorders in just the U.S. alone, and most of these girls would say that a huge trigger in their eating disorder are models and celebrities. This is who they try to imitate.
Just imagine what it would be like if models weren’t rail thin, but of a healthy weight? If all models who were not of a healthy weight were banned from modeling, I am confident that the overall well being and esteem of girls and women would improve without having to live up to the images that are thrown at us every single day.
I would love to flip through a magazine and see a beautiful woman who looks great, and know that she is healthy. Young girls can look at these models and say, “see you can still look beautiful without being underweight!”
IN SUPPORT WITH HUMAN RIGHTS IT IS ACTUALLY SLANDER BY LAW TO DIS AND ABUSE PEOPLE WITH EATING DISORDERS.
ALL PEOPLE WITH EATING DISORDERS ARE STILL HUMAN BEINGS.
About 11 million people in the united states have an eating disorder. 10-15 percent of those people die from heath-related issues associated with eating disorders.
In a study of girls aged 9 to 15, slightly more than half reported exercising to lose weight, slightly less than half reported eating less to lose weight, and approximately 1 out of 20 reported using diet pills or laxatives to lose weight.
Research has shown that approximately 40 percent of fourth graders have been on a "diet" once in awhile. Research from Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc. (ANRED) suggests that about 1 percent of female adolescents have anorexia. That means that about 1 out of every 100 females between the ages of 10 and 20 are not eating enough and should be seeing a doctor.
Bulimia affects 1 to 3 percent of middle and high school girls.
Boys and men develop eating disorders, too. Research from ANRED suggests that 5 to 10 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are males.
With these risks and statistics in mind, would you think there would be a such thing as PRO-ED?
Pro ED (pro eating disorder) is basically glamorizing eating disorders. Would you want to glamorize this:
The following are issues related to eating disorders:
Distorted body chemistry
Anemia/altered blood count
Loss of period (amenorrhea)
Rotting teeth (induced by bulimia)
Hyponatremia (related to "water-loading")
Refeeding Syndrome (related to treatment)
Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
Tearing of Esophagus
Callused or bruised fingers
Dry Skin and Hair, Brittle Hair and Nails, Hair Loss
Low Blood Pressure, Hypotension
High Blood Pressure, Hypertension
Low Platelet Count or Thrombocytopenia -
Low Blood Sugar/Hypoglycemia: can indicate problems with the liver or kidneys and can lead to neurological and mental deterioration.
TMJ "Syndrome" and Related TMJ Problems
Easily Bruising Skin
Problems during pregnancy
Lowered body temperature
Cramps, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, incontinence -
Weakness and Fatigue
With those risks in mind, I feel that Pro-ED sited should be shut down. I feel that they are as bad as sites telling people how to commit suicide. These sites are also triggering for those who are in recovery of this disease.
We feel that the mainstream media, who's respsonible for our contemporary public sphere, lacks a diverse representation of women of different sizes as well as ethnicties. As a result, our "ideal beauty" is becoming more and more narrow, women are developing a skew sense of self, leading to depression, self-loathing, poor self esteem and eating disorders.
The ideal body type, as put forth by the media is becoming dangerously thin, a majority of female media icons have a “BMI [that] is on the border of what a clinician would regard as anorexic.” By projecting these images of rail thin women, what message does this send to our youth? “Fashion is a mirror and many teenagers imitate what they see on the catwalk” said Concha Guerra. This past september, Madrid, Spain put a ban against overly thin models at top-level fashion shows. They hope by doing so, they will project a healthier image of what beauty is. "This is about protecting the young women and men who work in the fashion industry, as well as those who are at risk of an eating disorder and can be influenced by the pictures that they see."
10. Empathy not Envy
Last week the organisers of Madrid fashion week announced a ban on models with a BMI of under 18. Now London needs to do the same.
We owe it to the models themselves and the millions of girls worldwide with serious warped body images.
It won't stop models being thin - only 30% of Madrid's were affected, nor will it stop anorexia, an illness which stems from deep unhappiness and manifests itself as a weight problem.
What it will do is stop exploitation and encouragement of the illness as an aesthetic choice; your support is vital.
June 10, 2006
I was shocked and appalled by gopetition, they actually allowed a petition for pro-anorexia pages.
Do we want our youth our children our future thinking and having access to this CR*P.
All we see on tv these days are super thin super models that probabley purge to get that figure well i say enough is enough because our kids see these little sticks and think if they have to be that thin to make it onto tv i must have to be that thin to make it through everyday life and it is sick!
So get those damn pages and petitions for pro-anorexia off the net and out of reach and start telling our kids it is ok to have a little bit of meat on your bones.
oh and gopetition shame on you for letting that petition on SHAME SHAME!
May 7, 2006
Each and every year, many women, of all ages, are killing themselves. These women and young girls are not committing suicide by hanging themselves or overdosing on pills. These women are suffering from anorexia nervosa. They are starving themselves to death.
However, these women are not doing it on their own; they are being aided in their slow suicide. This act of assisted suicide is illegal in 49 out of 50 states. With the help of pro-anorexia or, as they are more commonly called, "pro-ana" websites, visitors to these sites, usually young, female adolescents, looking to lose weight or who are already in the midst of an eating disorder, can obtain weight loss tips and tricks on how to hide their eating disorder from family and friends. These websites promote behaviors, which lead to osteoporosis, irregular heart beat, cardiac disease, seizures, nerve damage, heart attack and death.
Oregon is currently the only U.S. state, in which assisted-suicide is legal. Under the Death with Dignity Act, physicians are permitted to administer a lethal dose of medication to those suffering from a terminal illness. To qualify for physician-assisted suicide, one must meet a specific set of criterion. They must be at least 18 years of age, an Oregon resident, capable of making, as well as communicating health care decisions for themselves, and have been diagnosed with a terminal illness that will result in death in six month of less.
A terminal illness is an incurable disease, which is active, progressive and expected to lead to death. Anorexia is not a terminal illness. An anorectic showing up at an Oregon clinic wishing to receive assistance in ending her life, would be turned down, almost immediately, regardless of how much physical and emotional pain she was in, on the grounds that she did not meet the criteria of having a terminal illness. Though escaping from and living without an eating disorder may seem impossible to one who is suffering from an eating disorder, it is not impossible.
Anorexia can and has, many times, been cured. Though it is not easy to make a complete recovery, with the right treatment techniques and professionals, it is possible, even for those with the poorest of prognoses.
If suicide assisted by a physician is only legal in one state, and if anorexia does not meet the legal criteria, than the people who make these pro-ana websites, and those who offer these tips and tricks on "how to kill yourself", featured on these sites, have absolutely no right, legally, morally, or ethically, to be doing so. They are assisting others in suicide, which is something they have no right to be doing, seeing as we barely give medical doctors the right do so. Furthermore, to receive physician-assisted suicide, you must be of legal age to give consent.
Many of the girls who are visiting these websites are under the age of 18. They could not receive physician-assisted suicide if they were suffering from a terminal illness, therefore, it cannot possibly be legal for any stranger on the internet, who also may be under 18, to be assisting these young girls in their suicide attempts.
Research has shown that those who frequently visit pro-eating disorder websites spend more time in the hospital than those who do not visit these sites. These websites have very serious impacts on people. A young girl, thinking she is fat and needs to lose a few pounds, may stumble upon one of these websites. What happens next may be unthinkable. But, most likely she will look around the website, reading the various tips and tricks to drop weight quickly, but hide it from those around her. She will learn that you can eat whatever you want, but not gain a pound because you can purge yourself of the calories, using exercise, laxatives or vomiting. She will see pictures, or "thinspiration" of thin, rich, smiling, actresses and models.
What she will not see is pictures of emaciated bodies, with extremely dry skin and fine, laguno hair covering their bones. She will not see their eroding tooth enamel, or their ulcers, the dehydration or electrolyte imbalance. She will not see their thinning hair or heart arrhythmias. She will not see their hurt, their sadness and depression, or their broken hearts. She will not see their death. She will see the thin, glamorous models and actresses and wish to look like them. So, she will start to diet and lose weight, thinking she is in control of her actions. She will be recognized and praised for her weight loss, especially by the network of "friends" she has made through pro-ana websites.
They will encourage her to "keep up the good work" and not to "give in to the enemy (food) now". She will feel good about herself and think "I just want to lose five more pounds; Five more and then I will have the perfect body." However, she loses five more and the praise and positive comments and encouragement continue. Five turns into ten, ten into twenty, twenty into forty, forty into the hospital. All of a sudden, the young girl who just wanted to lose a few pounds and was in control of her diet, is now being controlled by her behaviors. She can't stop.
This is not one scenario, this is the course the majority of eating disorders take. This is the very reason why these websites need to be shut down. The rate of eating disorders is rising. The importance we place on beauty and our attitudes towards what we consider attractive, combined with websites such as these are contributing to the increasing prevalence of eating disorders. We must change our beauty ideal and shut down websites such as these, which are promoting self-starvation. Anorexia nervosa is a serious, life-threatening physical and an extremely emotionally painful disease that no one should ever have to experience.
Members of the pro-ana community may argue it is a violation of their rights to be censored. However, freedom of speech does not give anyone the right to help kill another person.
November 15, 2005
If u have no idea wat pro ana is, it is basically ppl telling young girls and women to become anorexic.These websites say it is alright to be this way without thinking of the health of the ppl that r inflicting this bull shit on.They explain in detail how they can make them selves sick in a way tht wud reduce there weight more dramatically then if the was to do it normally.
They encourage them to make journals of wat they eat and how they feel about wat they eat, but how can they makes these journals when many are eating nothing at all. If u don't believe this refer to this site before signing this petion www.livejournal.com.
On some of these websites they r asked to plan a target (example from 7.5 stones to 7 stone).
If this target is not met some just feel really bad, but some websites have instructed for the victim cos basically tht is wat they are, to cut them selves. This is a quote from one of the websites, but this quote is from anorexia its self."If you don't meet your target i want you to cut yourself, and feel the pain for not reaching this target for me, because i own you" This quote and many others like it are on these web site bascially wantin to make young girls and women ill.
Think if u was a mother to a 16 year old girl wat wud u do , if this happened to her and she made her self so ill and weak and proberly to the point of death. Just because a web site told her to do it. There is enough things in this life tht can kill u, so why wud young girls want to add to there problems. If u are anorexic and you read this are only advice as 2 17 yr old girl (ward and venables)are selfs go and get help and get weel.
We have had a friend tht was bulimic and thanks to the help and support she got from friends family and help groups, she went from 6 stone to now a health 9 stone she is still slim and underweight for her height but is happier with her body and life style then wen she was 6 stone. Please sign this petition to keep younger people away from the unhappiness these sites can cause.
There are many places available to young girls to go and get help but the first step is to tell family and friends and with there support you can move on to going to help groups and getting your self well again.
Visit these site to find the local group in your area and to get advice on beating this ill ness:
This is from a pro ana based source from an site called www.makaylashealingplace.com
they just ramble on about how the sud not be banned but wat they are talking about i sa load of bollocks cos its not truth in these pro ana sites is nastyness lies and is making mnay young girls ill.
"I was appalled by the shutting down and removal of the pro-anorexia sites on the internet. Why? Because they have the truths that most people are too afraid to face. They have the reality that every single one of us have felt somewhere along our long battled road through our eating disorder - the desire to stay sick and not pay the consequences."
Eating Disorders have been around for years while millions of people have died from them. Being a recovered eating disorder patient these sites are like telling us it is okay to commite sucide.
1 in every 100 people have an eating disorder. I could sit here and give you statistics on Eating Disorders all day but instead I will just tell you Eating Disorders are not healthy they come with many risks of life, love, and friendship.
I'am 14 years old I have been in a recovery center twice. I knew alot of people who beat this monster. I also know alot of people who welcome it as a friend, but friends don't kill each other. Those people are who nead help more than anything.
It is just not Healthy and NOT RIGHT!
These Web sites promote self harming and deadly behaviour and make it seem as if having anorexia is a gift. You don't see any one creating web sites like " Yay , Let's get cancer!". These Websites have pictures of anorexic girls with huge writing saying discusting things like " Anorexic Queen" and "Never too thin". These Websites basically promote people killing themselves. Not only to these sites have gross pictures they have dieting tips and ways to hide food from your parents. We say, STOP THIS !!!
I'm really tired of seeing episodes of my favorite TV shows that make a character become anorexic for a few days, have them talk to their family/friends, and then have them be normal again. The shows don't even portray Ana correctly. I've been anorexic for 2 years and it's NOTHING like how they make it look on TV.
17. All For Anorexia
August 30, 2002
I don't think it is fair that they are trying to get rid of Anorexia sites. Because they allow people to go see pornography. But Yet they are tryin to get rid of Pro ana sites. I thing its WRONG. People should be able to talk freely about their life and what is going on in it. So all you who are with me please sign to save the Pro ana sites. Us ana's have to stick together.