Thanks to SS for keeping me abreast of this story over the past week. I contemplated writing about this dude, but didn’t because I figured it was a waste of breath, and less publicity would make him go away faster. But todays turn of events just made this story worth my time.
Kenneth Tong, wearing what appears to be a Rosary around his neck (either that or a pearl necklace which may be a fashion statement) spent the last week firing up the Twitter-sphere with a “hoax” pro-anorexia site or as he likes to call it ‘managed anorexia.”
Tong claims the site was simply a bet. A bet with a friend to try and become a “trending topic” on Twitter in less than a week (because he loves a challenge!) Tong figured the topic “pro-anorexia” would do the trick, so he started tweeting deranged commentary that unfortunately most of us are quite used to such as;
“”To be thinner, skip dinner. Anorexia is not evil, it is an often mismanaged blessing. Yadda, yadda, yadda”
Sorry gang, but in my world, what is the big deal? Proanorexia sites are EVERYWHERE. I have been screaming this from the rooftops for, let’s see, 5 years now and for some reason this dude awoke the masses to this topic. I guess I need to make it a joke for anyone to pay attention. In a sense, I guess I am glad this is happening because maybe some parents will start googling proana and thinspo to get a seriously painful reality check.
Ok, now I am fired up.
Enjoy your 15 minutes. Oh, actually, my watch says its over already. Do ten Hail Marys and disappear.
To the public that is blowing a gasket over this:
Please keep freaking out, check out what our girls are doing, and thinking, and feeling, and saying — and then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, instead of going, “Oh well, that’s scary!”
This is beyond just a little trend, one that floats in and out in a blink of an eye. I think the first Pro ana site was live around 2003 (correct me if I am wrong) and at this point there is really no stopping them.
In case you are not aware, I am not in favor of removing Pro Ana sites. Free speech is free speech, plus sticking our heads in the sand is not the answer to this societal problem.
I am in favor of waking up parents to the reality that OBESITY has shifted the spotlight so far away from eating disorders, those on the way other side of the spectrum, which happen to also be the most deadly, so we need to address this.
Ok, I’m tired of typing. I’ll close with totally in related story, but I feel like telling it.
True story; A 10 year old boy is told by his female gym teacher that “the goal for the semester is to lose weight.” The gym teacher denies this statement, but several other children validate the truth of the matter. Nice blanket statement to a group of 5th graders who by no means are in need of losing weight, particularly as some sort of group project.
What in the world are we doing people? Food has become this enemy on such a level that it really scares me. But it doesn’t scare me so much that I’ll give up this fight. I’ll keep writing about eating disorders as long as I know that at least one person took something positive away from a post.
Keep on truckin,