Send your hot new tips, or information on stories you would like to see covered to, or post a comment here.

I am always on the lookout for stories on how the media, hollywood, and fashion industry are pushing the disordered eating agenda.

Also, send on over your GOOD stories, those of hope, change, and inspiration. I strive to make this blog a balance of both.

Thank you for your support!



166 Responses to GOT A TIP?

  1. empty_girl says:

    Gemma Ward was reportedly dropped from several shows during Milan Fashion Week for recent weight gain. wtf? she’s still really skinny. seems like good ranting material. have at it. – Read “Gemma Ward Got Fat”

  2. mamavision says:

    Thanks empty_girl: I just posted on this, great tip.

  3. Liz says:

    “Anna Rexia” halloween costume. I wish I were kidding…

  4. mamavision says:

    Thanks Liz. I just posted on this. Unreal.

  5. Lexi says:

    could you post something about EDNOS? it needs 2 be made aware to everyone that EDNOS is as just as harmful as anorexia or bullima.

    love Lexi XxX

  6. Lily says:

    MamaV- i think maybe you should delete the link above of the dead woman, I am very sorry I saw it, Im feeling pretty disturbed by it, its my worst nightmare scenario, maybe it put ppl off bulimia, but God, I’ll let u use your judgement, but feeling very sick right now,


  7. Lily says:

    I think u should delete it, its horrific, i cant stop thinking about it, i dont think anybody else should see it,

  8. Anon says:

    this doesnt really count as a tip but if mama cold let it be knwon great. The whle chico cola bottle thing….chico is quitepossibly one of the most annoying artists ever, however he is the first in britain (that i can think of anyways) doing anything to publicly raise awarness about ED’s. On his video noone was smaller than a size 12 (us size 8) and profits and stuff are going beat, the uks no1 leading eating disorder charity. x

  9. Anon says:

    US size eight *

  10. empty_girl says:

    Band Defies Stereotypes in China
    Their single is “So What if I’m Fat.”
    It looks kind of like exploitation to me.

  11. Mother Rose says:
    is a great site about eating healthy and it’s about GIRL POWER…what more could you want?
    Check out the practical information about being normal and eating right.
    Sometimes we all get caught up with our own eating habits and the media blah,
    that we forget what is right or normal anymore.


  12. charlin says:

    Hi mama V, Im wondering, have you thought of doing a story on the competitve nature that an (espically anorexia) Eating Disorder has. I have visited some pro ana forums and they all seem to have the same negative feel to them. Girls going in asking for tips etc.. then girls attacking then by announcing that they do not have an ED if they are pro ana, at the same time pointing out that they do have an ED, not realizing they are in the same place. Its scary that now its more of Im more eating disordered than you or I fit critira for anorexia and most people dont. Interesing and scary topic I think you could cover very well.

  13. Mother Rose says:

    Sass people do have a lot of digestive problems.
    I.B.S can be one of them.
    Just make a journal and don’t eat food that upsets your bowels.
    In fact, see and Allergist.
    I am.
    If you find most foods seem to cause you problems,
    see a Gastrointestinal Specialist.
    I did.
    There is a balance and you can eat healthy.
    It’s been a long road,
    but I have gotten much better.


  14. jen says:

    You might want to write about Courtney from Survivor:China. Personally, I am lost about what I think of her. I saw a eating disorder talk about how people suffering from eating disorders might “glorify” her and I think people are. I’ve seen her been used as “Thinspiration” on websites and even though she says it’s her “natural” body type she might be sending a bad message etc. Just thought you might want to write something on it because I’m curious about your opinion.

  15. Alexa says:

    About Courtney…. of couse she have a problem, dont tell me that this chest bones are “natural”….

  16. Lani says:

    Look at this… Good song, but the video is REPULSIVE!

    Disgusting. Violence against women is NOT a good thing to promote.

  17. melissa says:
    Someone showed me this site and I thought you might want to post about it. It’s made for husbands and wives to post their spouse’s picture so other people can rate how fat they are and comment on it. And we wonder why people have such low self esteem and are so self conscious about their weight. Anyways, hope this was useful.

  18. empty_girl says:

    Be thinner… cut cancer risks?

    No weight gain after 21 is recommended in order to keep cancer risks down.
    That seems overboard. Like really really overboard. How do you even do that? Don’t ever reproduce or gain muscle mass?????!?

  19. Camille says:

    First of all, I’m francophone, I understand english quite well, but to write it… uh… hehe! I just wanted to tell you that what you’re doing is simply awesome. You talk about fashion, anorexia, suicide, without the traditional approach, with a new, human approach… I guess it’s because you lived the same experiences that these young girls, so you can understand them. I’m 17, and my weight is 103-105 pounds… I’m quite lucky for that, because I never had to prive myself of food. But actually, I give more attention to my weight… I know it’s stupid… But my mother tells me about it, “Oh, you took few pounds, eh?”, as if it was something bad… It makes me sad, because I never cared about my weight before she tells me… And now I feel bad when I eat too much, even if, when I look at the mirror, I’m not fat at all. I don’t want to become anorexic… I simply want to feel good with my body… But my mother’s comments disturb me. I don’t know what to do…

  20. -Jen- says:

    Hey Chick,

    I was watching a video on youtube when I saw this one on the side.

    Homechick has what she calls “bulimia saturday.”

    Thought you might be interested.

  21. Kim says:

    not a tip but would be interested in your opinion of something josie wrote with regards to victim vs. responsibility in the world of eds.

  22. MAYA says:

    with great power comes great responsibility, we are all born with great power… and thus great responsibility if for nothing else, for our bodies.
    Why in God’s name would you be anorexic or bullemic, wake up WAKE THE HELL UP, your life is soooo precious and you get one shot, how could you not appreciate that?
    would you rather be six feet under and have maggets make you thinner?
    We all have something beautiful on the inside, I was one of the people who always used to roll my eyes at that comment, but the key is to search, your body will not make anyone love you more or less, its your divine being that does that, nourish yourself in order for that being to be nourished, anorexics get certain responses and attention from the world, mostly pity, some disgust, and a lot of wonder, is that the attention you crave? I sure don’t, instead of starving yourselves for the “perfect” (NOT) body image, improve your greatest qualities it must take a hell of a lot of energy to have any serious eating disorder, well why don’t you just invest that in something that would really make a difference, forget what you’re doing to yourselves or to your children if any or to your family, community, or surroundings, its just disgusting what you’re doing to your God given power and responsibility you have over yourself, basically proving yourself to be untrustworthy, really pathetic, and a complete waste of space, when it’s all in your hands and you are the only one who can change it all, it’s YOUR mind, it’s YOUR body, and it’s YOUR decision, psychiatrists, and all the people who “care” can’t do anything if you don’t WAKE UP and REALLY LOOK AT YOURSELF, and ask what the hell for? if you come up with something other than the same old same old crap then congrats you just invented a new bullshit indenial response to something that is beyond justification.

  23. sal says:

    Dear MamaV.

    I guess i wanted to write to you to bring up the subject of just how seriously (or not) Eating Disorders are taken by everyone; by the general public, by health professionals, insurance companies etc.

    I live in the UK. Here we have a national health system so we dont have insurance to pay for health bills unless you go into the private sector and pay ridicuous amounts. Therefore to get any health treatment of any kind you have to go on waiting lists to get to the specialist in that area. To get any input for eating disorders in my area you have to go on a 15+ month waiting list. God knows what it is like in other areas of the UK. You cannot even go on this list if you are not deemed “serious enough”.

    Im aware that in the US and other countries things work privately. People go through insurance companies to get to the health care they need. I also speak to lots of people who can’t get into treatment or have to leave treatment because their insurance companies just wont cover it.

    What is this? It is them implying that the condition simply isnt serious enough. It’s ridicuolous… if you went to an oncologist and they refused to further your treatment because your cancer “wasn’t advanced enough” or make you wait 15 months it would cause an uproar. Why, when eating disorders have such a high mortality rate can professional bodies get away with doing this?

    and while “thin is in” and warped self-perception is a symptom of BDD and eating disorders who else will acknowledge the need for help… individuals who ask for help with their eating disorder are usually in quite deep. The mortality rate IS going to rise.

  24. Sprintsister says:

    Hi MamaV,
    I think your website is amazing, I often check for updates. I found this link ( ) on You Tube the other day and was horrified at the lengths some people will go to, exposing themselves and their eating disorders! I suffer from anorexia myself, but would never exploit or encourage anyone to such an extent that this person has. It seems more like a cry for attention to me. Be warned this material could be triggering.

  25. Tina says:

    MamaV, this is really sad :-( -it’s about diabetics not taking insulin so they can be thin.

  26. Rachel says:

    MamaV, check this out! It goes along with your “Beauty is a con game” post.

    Breast implants are actually quite horrific and are yet another example of how much it’s all a con game. Claimed to be 100% safe, implants are anything but! Ain’t NOBODY touchin’ my t*tties w/ a scalpel!! NO WAY!

  27. sarah says:

    mamav i really need to talk to you. i cant figure that damn forum out. i emailed you a while ago but never heard back. i understand youre busy but please email me back

  28. Josie says:

    Hi MamaV

    I thought this article is just your thing – – another model died of anorexia.

    Though the fashion industry isn’t the cause of EDs, the industry, the media and society are still causing dieting and obesity, which in turn can trigger EDs.

  29. mamavision says:

    Hi Josie: Thanks for the tip, I just posted about this horribly sad story.

  30. Amber/vanity900 says:

    Hey mama! just look at unperfectisback’s videos on youtube to see what shes all about, heres a vid of hers i saw because i subcribed to her. *shiver* im worried =(

  31. gabi says:

    mamav, after all the debate about what pro ana is..i think i have found the perfect example. just watch all three vids and. ignore the title “so desperate to be skinny i make myself sick” cos its the wrong title. this girl is the absoloute definition of pro ana and who wants an eating disorder.

    there are three vids.

  32. Xan says:

    Thought this may be of interest to you. Jennifer Love Hewitt is receiving lots of ridicule lately for tabloid photos of her in a bikini with–SHOCKING–cellulite. I thought her response was very tactful.

  33. AlexaaaA says:

    Check this out…..and see the video!!

    by Adriel Luis

    My glares burn through her.
    And I’m sure that such actions aren’t foreign to her
    because the essence of her beauty is, well, the essence of beauty.

    And in the presence of this higher being,
    the weakness of my masculinity kicks in,
    causing me to personify my wannabe big-baller, shot-caller,
    God’s gift to the female species with shiny suit wrapping rapping like,
    “Yo, what’s crackin shorty how you livin’ what’s your sign what’s your size I dig your style, yo.”

    Now, this girl was no fool.
    She gives me a dirty look with the quickness like,
    “Boy, you must be stupid.”
    so I’m looking at myself,
    “Boy, you must be stupid.”
    But looking upon her I am kinda feelin’ her style.

    So I try again.
    But, instead of addressing her properly,
    I blurt out one of my fake-ass playalistic lines like,
    “Gurl, you must be a traffic ticket cuz you got fine written all over you.”
    Now, she’s trying to leave and I’m trying to keep her here.
    So at a final attempt, I utter,
    “Gurl, what is your ethnic makeup?”

    At this point, her glare was scorching through me,
    and somehow she manages to make her brown eyes
    resemble some kinda brown fire or something,
    but there’s no snap or head moement,
    no palm to face, click of tongue, middle finger,
    roll of eyes, twist of lips, or girl power chant.
    She just glares through me with these burning eyes
    and her gaze grabs you by the throat.

    She says, “Ethnic makeup?”
    She says, “First of all, makeup’s just an anglicized, colonized, commodified utility
    that my sisters have been programmed to consume,
    forcing them to cover up their natural state
    in order to imitate what another sister looks like in her natural state
    because people keep telling her
    that the other sister’s natural state is more beautiful
    than the first sister’s natural state.
    At the same time,
    the other sister isn’t even in her natural state,
    because she’s trying to imitate yet another sister,
    so in actuality, the natural state that the first sister’s trying to imitate
    wasn’t even natural in the first place.”

    Now I’m thinking, “Damn, this girl’s kicking knowledge!”
    But, meanwhile, she keeps spitting on it like
    “Fine. I’ll tell you bout my ‘ethnic makeup.’
    I wear foundation,
    not that powdery shit,
    I wear the foundation laid by my indigenous people.
    It’s that foundation that makes it so that past being globalized,
    I can still vocalize with confidence that i know where my roots are.
    I wear this foundation not upon my face, but within my soul,
    and I take this from my ancestors
    because I’ll be damned if I’d ever let an American or European corporation
    tell me what my foundation
    should look like.”

    I wear lipstick,
    for my lips stick to the ears of men,
    so they can experience in surround sound my screams of agony
    with each lash of rulers, measuring tape, and scales,
    as if my waistline and weight are inversely propotional to my value as a human being.
    See my lips, they stick, but not together.
    Rather, they flail open with flames to burn down this culture that once kept them shut.
    Now, I mess with eye shadow,
    but my eyes shadow over this time where you’ve gone at ends to keep me blind.
    But you can’t cover my eyes, look into them.
    My eyes foreshadow change.
    My eyes foreshadow light.
    and I’m not into hair dyeing.
    but I’m here, dying, because this oppression won’t get out of my hair.
    I have these highlights.
    They are highlights of my past atrocities,
    they form this oppression I can’t wash off.
    It tangles around my mind and twists and braids me in layers,
    this oppression manifests,
    it’s stressing me so that even though I don’t color my hair,
    in a couple of years it’ll look like I dyed it gray.
    So what’s my ethnic makeup ?
    I don’t have any.
    Because your ethnicity isn’t something you can just make up.
    And as for that crap my sisters paint on their faces, that’s not makeup, it’s make-believe.”

    I can’t seem to look up at her.
    and I’m sure that such actions aren’t foreign to her
    because the expression on her face
    shows that she knows that my mind is in a trance.

    As her footsteps fade, my ego is left in crutches.
    And rejection never sounded so sweet.

  34. Melissa says:

    I’m writing an article about the possible benefits/harms of pro-ana website viewing and I was wondering if I could get your opinion on the subject. If this is possible, please e-mail me at the address listed. Thanks.

  35. Amber/vanity900 says:

    Mama on the pro-ana privecy 1 and 2 theres a guy in the comments (scott) thats says he thinks the thinspo girls are beautiful. guys DO like size 0…i think im going to cry…no man will ever love me. my genoration is shot to hell accept for the girls who can starve and live but whenever i try to my frigging heart has to stop beating…ugggggh some chicks have all the luck.

  36. Josie says:

    Hi MamaV

    I just read an article in a magazine about a model called Kate Dillon. She decided to become anorexic in her teens after being bullied about her weight, and went on to become a model. Then she gained weight and the agencies weren’t interested, so she’s got into plus-sized modelling and does talks about eating disorders.
    A google search brings up the details of her story. This link is a good one.

  37. kim says:

    maybe instead of showing us over and over how weight obsessed our world is because we are all very aware, you could help us see the positives. like when you did the glass half full and my favorite post was of your family on thanksgiving making your own new traditions, that gave me hope. the recent posts make me feel like there is no sense of even trying anymore

  38. lindsey says:

    hi mamaV
    I saw your blog on youtube on internet sucide
    today at 12/15/07. I stuble a upon it watching a ontreehill episode of a school shooting called the darkness. my friend has mentioned this website which she uses for asecond suppoet system. I”m her first. i caught her inthe bathroom in six grade tring to gag up her food I’ve been helping ever snice and now shes in ahospital thank it was to late . you are doing so much good for others.
    your fan lindsey
    p.s keep helping others.

  39. Amber/vanity900 says:

    I dont like the kate dillon story, we should not glorify anorexic bodies, nor should be glorify excassivly large ones. i know i know, height comes into play..but lets be reasonable come on kate shouldnt have to put on weight so she could model she was thin as she was!

  40. V.L says:

    watch this one..
    makes me cry

  41. Lily says:

    Hi Mamavision,

    I’ve wanted to ask you this for ages…would you do an article on bulimia? nobody talks about it but millions suffer from it and it is hell. When people speak about eating disorders they often talk as if anorexia is the only one that exists- this is such a misconception. In fact, a mix of anorexia and bulimia is far more common (like me),

    This is my journal

    and its main focus is bulimia,

    Lily xx

  42. Lily says:

    Okay, that didn’t work

    Here it is

  43. Nathalie says:

    I was driving home this afternoon when a song came on the radio and reminded me a lot of your blog. Baz Lurhmann Everybody is free to wear sunscreen. A lot of the statement me makes reminded me a lot of your posts well namely your non “pro-ana”/model posts.

    Here is a link to the lyrics:

  44. Amber/vanity900 says:

    You know how people say “anything looks good on a skinny person, they’re like hangers”? that must be wht designers are using super thin ladies. they dont want to use normal people, because something may look bad on normal people. Some modles hips may look to wide in the wroung pants, but not if they dont even have hips. I pondered this…any way i think its true, and i think its stupid. I’l just wear my baggy cloths and hide my disusting fat body in protest. Any one with me? (probably not) I’m saying that we should refuse to buy from sdesigners with super thin modles until someone eat a frigging cheese burger. Not to be insensitive to someone suffering from anorexia, but these modles arn’t suffering they’re killing themselves to keep their jobs and it’s time someone lets them be healthy.

  45. Just Me says:

    i think you may find this intesting…..

    In 2000, photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith D’Aluisio read a fact that changed their lives: the same number of people in the world were overfed as underfed.

    Over the next five years, the couple visited families in twenty-four countries, investigating what kind of food, and how much, a typical clan consumes. They photographed each family with an entire week’s supply, collecting the images in their book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. “The way we eat is based on culture, access, and wealth,” D’Aluisio says.

    Menzel notes that today, more people on the planet are overfed than underfed. “The scale has tipped,” he says. “And it all starts at the family dinner table.”

    Here you have some links to watch the pics,29307,1626519,00.html,29307,1645016,00.html

    i made a power point for ya….hope you like it.

  46. Sharoon ! says:

    its not fair that our media is pressuring us to look like this every one is beutiful the most un appeling thing is to be able to see someones ribs this is a deasise that Will kill you please call some where do something on christmas eve your family wants you eating after your HUGE meal aet ann extra peice of turkey or what ever for me dont throw it up of take laxitives or anything please my sister just died from anorexia my name
    is sharon
    i am 13 years old
    i weigh 110 lbs.
    and i am currently trying
    to gain weight to look more beautiful

  47. Bekah says:

    People are so Naive… In general, but here’s a conversation that pissed me off.

  48. Anne says:

    take a look at this…

    “Nation’s Educators Alarmed By Poorly Written Teen Suicide Notes”

    “Not three days ago I met with the parents of a young man who chose to take his own life,” “I was shocked by what I saw: a note that read simply, ‘Im gonna blo my head of.’ This sort of syntax is understandable coming from a first- or second-grader, but from a 17-year-old it is downright appalling,” Riley said. “What do you tell the parents in a situation like that? By all outward appearances, this seemed like a normal child. The poor parents had no idea their son’s writing skills were that poor.”

    Hell yeah, parents, please dont ask yourselves why you son/daugther commited suicide, you should be concerned about your kids spelling and grammar!! duh!

  49. Bekah says:

    Anne, thats insane!!!!!!!! :(

  50. Lily says:

    Hi Amber

    I’ve heard it said that many fashion designers choose the super thin models we see because they like the male, no curves figure. A lot of male fashion designers (not all) are gay and perhaps many would like to be dressing men in the flamboyant clothes they can acceptably dress women in – so its been suggested they choose male figures in females. Its more attractive to them.

    I’ve also heard that the fashion world, media and advertising is all about extremes to get people’s attention- ordinary looking people on the cover of magazines or selling products in adds won’t catch people’s attention as much.
    ie. strange and unusual/ striking sells.

    I don’t know if this is my EDs influence but I always find myself staring at an add if the woman selling something is very thin- its weird looking if you get me…and so I stare.

    Then I guess after a while the ‘thin-image’ ain’t so attention grabbing any more,we get desensitized to it , it doesn’t looks so weird and the advertisers have to go thinner to catch attention- and thin becomes normal looking…..etc etc.

    Lily xx

  51. ibiteback says:

    Check out the teen vogue message boards. They are like pro-ana boards that are supported by a magazine for teens!

  52. Amber/vanity900/cult66623 says:


    thanks! you get me! lol i tried talking to my friends and they didn’t get it at all!


    Im 13 and 111lbs maybe we could support each other

  53. kjosie says:

    Anne – i’m pretty sure that’s satire. Not funny though to joke about teen suicide…

  54. Anne says:

    Hey Josie,

    did you readed the entire note….i dont belive its a satire…they even have the suicide notes corrected by New York Times copy editor Edward Stimson. Stimson called the error-riddled notes “disturbing.”

    “U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley holds up a suicide note from a 15-year-old girl he says was “crying out for help in proper punctuation and spelling.”

    Definetly not funny… and if its some kind of joke or satire, its a very sick one…

  55. Anne says:

    i know its an old note, but it pissed me off!! and maybe its because i have written tons of tose notes..

  56. Kitty says:

    this is the japanese makeover show.

    btw- try to look up “scene girls” on youtube without being swarmed with thinspo. Scene is becoming more and more popular. One thing, scene is about being perfect and it focuses on big hair, big accessories, and size 00 slim-fitting pants. I URGE you to put attention to scene kids and it’s focus on ed’s.

  57. Kitty says:

    btw- most “real girl” thinspo slides are usually pics taken from the profiles of scene kids. I get whores (a self ad on a post for someone to add you as a friend for attention) from 100’s (literally, cause I keep adding them for some reason) of scene kids every day on myspace. I have yet to see one an average size. Just look at Jeffree Star, Raquel Reed, and Kiki Kannibal. They are scene idols and they all look like they are DYING!

  58. Amber/vanity900/cult66623 says:

    sceen dosn’t mean you have to be thin. if you think that then you have other problums. you can thinso out of any trend.

  59. Kitty says:

    Yes you can but I’m saying that the majority of “real girl” thinspo is taken from that. It’s not about being thin, scene is about being perfect. Also “Other problems”? Like what? Does your bad spelling count as a problem? ” Of course, you were talking about “problums”. As far as I know I don’t have any “problums” because I’m pretty sure that “problum” is not a word.

  60. anon says:

    I think a post about this community would be nice. It’s a live journal community that promotes positive body image.

  61. Kim says:

    hey mama v, i missed you. do you know how gil is? do you think you could do a post on helping prepare families for the death of someone from eds? i think that would be good

  62. Alexa says:

    Check this out…
    “I’m dying to find kids who are too thin. I’ve got 42 models in my agency and I’m trying to get them to lose weight. In fact, I wish they’d come down with some anorexia. I’m not kidding. I’m running into a bunch of fat-assed, lazy little bitches who don’t know how to do the stairs or get their butts into the gym.”

    Janice Dickinson’s response when asked what she thought about the recent controversy surrounding super skinny models.

    Taken from Rachel’s Blog.

  63. Samoyed says:

    This idiotic but well-meaning fashion journo infuriated me with this dopey piece on Australia’s :,23663,23029604-5007192,00.html
    “After the recent controversy over skinny figures, sparked in 2006 when Uruguayan model Luisel Ramos and Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston succumbed to the effects of anorexia, a healthier look is back on the runway.
    “With all the controversy surrounding body image and models below the body mass index, fortunately we are starting to see people appreciate a more athletic, stronger look,” Chic Model Management general manager Kathy Ward said yesterday.
    “The new girls have more of a confidence and are a bit more voluptuous.”
    Australian models Catherine McNeil, Miranda Kerr and Alyssa Sutherland are at the forefront of this trend.”

    Have they actually LOOKED at the pictures of Miranda Kerr they put up as evidence of her voluptuousness?? She’s clearly a size 0. If she’s voluptuous I’m obese at size 6!

    Mad, mad world…


  64. Gemma says:

    You are so stupid, anorexia is great, it makes you feel brilliant, you actually have something to work for. Just because you have nothing alse to do and are jelous of us. I want to say you are just dumb you should be giving tips.

  65. Nats says:


    You need to to take a step back if not then take a step off this site!!


  66. MeMeMeMeMe says:

    Gemma you are hilarious…(can belive you actually think what you wrote) you are such a great example of what’s a mental disease…

    Nats, dont be angry, she have a mental disease and you know it, its just that she’s not at the bottom yet to notice it.

  67. megan says:

    i’m so fat :/
    and i love it!
    i love cheeseburgers 😀
    haa 😀

  68. Amber/vanity900/cult66623 says:

    hey dawn, it’ll be okay just put yourself out there and fource yourself to make friends..worked for me this year.

  69. cassie says:

    i think maybe u should talk about how people go into eating disorders i am an overweight girl but i also have been baliemic and annorexic the only reason being is because the simple fact that yes i have a heavy bone build and yes i do have a very slow metabolism and i would try everything to end up trying to fit in the same size jeans as other girls my age to make the teasing and name calling stop it was really imbarressing to even go to school and listen to everything they said i had no friends till i hit 5th grade and it still didn’t get better until i was a freshman in highschool i have just now been able to go out with no makeup no baggy clothes and now i am almost nineteen so it effects people long after everything is said and done all the imbarresment and ridicule i had to face made me think i had to be different to fit in but its not the person they are making fun of that has to change its the people that are the ones making the fun out of others shame

  70. Lisa says:

    A lot of girls talk about how there are no positive female celebs out there, but I beg to differ. I just discovered “30 Rock” (I’ve been living in Austraila for the past two years where we don’t get that show) and I love it. I love Tina Fey. Not only is she relatable, she’s smart, funny, and not afraid to be herself. She appears to be happy and healthy. She never let the scar on her face, her glasses, or her size 4 (Oh no!!) body stop her from becoming the frist female head writter for SNL. Not only that, but she both wrote and starred in “Mean Girls”. Instead of trying to conform to the boring standards of this magazine-fake world we think we live in, she has used her individuality to make her mark. Her glasses have become her “geek chic” trade mark, on the show she often pokes fun of her huge appatite, and she’s not afraid to be a nerd. She’s also a writer who worked for her success, not just a mindless celeb. She attended the Second City in Chicago to pursue acting and stage writing. At age 30 she got married and in 2003 she had her daughter. Model she is not, but happy she seems to be. I think a post on successful non-zeros is needed. Instead of looking at models, maybe we should look at women who are worth are attension.

  71. Jaycee says:

    im waching…..

  72. Amber/vanity900/cult66623 says:
  73. Brandy says:

    I really don’t think this is the section for this but I’m not real sure where it should go…Anyway…I got this really great idea for an art project the other day involving a really grossly skinny mannequin. I’ve had no trouble finding them at the mall including my personal fav the one laying in the entryway of Victorias Secret looking strung out, however, I’ve yet to find someone willing to part with one of these horrible things for me to destroy. I was hoping someone would know where I could find one. I can’t wait to get this project underway and the only things I’m missing are the “model” and some legal guide lines. I would greatly appreciate any help I could get on finding this. Thank you!
    Oh and while I’m here I also wanted to say how great I think this site is!

  74. Amber/vanity900/cult66623 says:

    Brandy, thats a cool project. Im sorry if this dosn’t help but of course try ebay! if you can’t…seeing as this is an ary project maybe a bit of paper mache? sounds intesting! you could bunch up the paper to look like bones…wow i wana try myself! but that would be copping you so i wont. you can ask a lady at joanns fabrics for a little miss sized manican they special order them.

  75. kerryelizabeth says:

    hey mamav,
    i dont know if this is up your alley or not… and i wish i could remember which magazine it was exactly…
    but i was at the gym biking while reading a magazing, and saw an ad for these small anklet purse things.
    they are supposed to hide the ankle monitors for when people(or more likely, celebs) are put on house arrest.–it was some famous high end fashion designer making these things, and i couldnt believe it.
    i’ll take a look tomorrow to see if i can find the article again.
    dunno if this is worth a post or not–but thought i’d bring it up…. i thought it was pretty sad…

  76. kerryelizabeth says:

    okay, so i just checked it on google… and i found another ad for them, that seemed to be a lot nicer.

    the designer is Chanel.. and this ad seems innocent enough… just a new, and sort of bizarre trend–“the ankle purse”.

    maybe the magazine i was reading today, was just trashing them–saying they would convienantly hide the house arrest things…
    not really sure what to think now.

    sorry if that was a waste of a post–i still found it really bizarre-yet interesting.
    but i probably shouldnt come running to post on here when i see a bizarre fashion trend, cuz they’re kind of everywhere lol

  77. weedivine says:

    in line with your fashion concern- are there any designers who understand, and are working toward dismantling this “thin is good” and “fat is bad” culture in fashion?
    I’d really like to support any such designers with my money- it would be great to have a “love your body” designer shopping list.

  78. Amber/vanity900/cult66623 says:

    Hey guys, it seems Ulgy Betty is slimming down. I think…maybe the tabs had something to do with it, soon as i saw the headline i though of this site and mamas post about her photo shopped picture. She still looks plump but shes fine. I’m just thinking, maybe she’ll cave in and take it to far? Nichole did it and with the pressure…its possible. I loke her, hope she wont, realy hope that shes not doing it for tv.

    you can watch the video there

  79. Laura says:

    Shape Magazine Monthly poll


    64% yes.

    and i was so optimistic at the progress we were making.

  80. Amber/vanity900/cult66623 says:

    Under weight is okay…but anorexic and emaciated, thats a whole other level. i think they ment naturaly skinny girls since they can’t help it, really i think we should stop talking about them. we understand they exist but they’re such a minority and their bodies should not be standard. people should not starve them selves to look like these naturaly skinny girls to be as thin if they naturaly arn’t that tiny, which is what most models do. i think the question should be “SHOULD DESIGNERS BE ALLOWED TO HIRE ANOREXIC RUNWAY MODELS?”

  81. Mel says:

    you helped me a lot…i really appreciate it more than youll know

  82. ibiteback says:

    I have anorexia and I am (at least according to my parents) trying to recover but my insurance says that a nutritionist is not nessecary to my treatment. But hey will cover inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive out patient which is way more expensive. But they will only do this if I am under a certain weight. So I can’t get lesser expensive outpatient treatment but I can get very expensive inpatient etc. I hate this. I need a nutritionist to stay out of inpatient, but I can’t get that help. I can only get this when I am so sick I am in a hospital. My mom has had many an arguement with the insurance company in which the agent has argued unrelantingly that a nutritionist is unnessacry. Wake-up! not covering this will only land me inpatient. I have no trouble getting that treatment. And art therapy forget it. between the two it costs my parents 180$ plus gas a week! And I am not the only one by any means.

  83. missmadzyeah! says:

    heya….can you watch this video?
    i made it for my GCSE media studies(im 15) and id really like to get your view on it.
    thank you a comment would be soo appreciated x x x x x thank you so much !

  84. scotty_boi says:

    i think u should do more things for boys with eating disorders as i am one of them heres a great link i found which has loads of tips and its not just for boys but girls too:

  85. kim says:

    maybe you could look at health coverage for people with eds and how once diagnosed if you ever change coverage you no longer have any coverage for the things you need the most.

  86. MotherLove says:
    HeartCry Missionary Society | Home

    A great resource for anyone.

    Covers many topics covered
    and questions.

  87. mamavision says:

    Hi Sass: Finally checking through the tips here, I looked at yours and it turns out the ProAna/C.R.O.N site may have been pulled down by ebay.

    I’ve seen this stuff before, it will be back.

    The whole concept of calorie resriction appears to be just a nice way of saying pro ana, don’t you think?


  88. mamaV says:

    Hi Lily: I am sorry but I am not big on censorship. I know the bulimic image is disturbing, but I believe it’s best left as is.

    You need to avoid things that you find personally disturbing, this is just the way of the world.

    I do this all the time when I avoid the news, since I can not deal with certain stories portrayed, I know this, so I deliberately keep my mind away from such things, its just anxiety provoking.

    Take care,


  89. mamavision says:

    Hey Tina: This Forbes article is great, thanks for the tip! It took me a while, but I am writing on this now, I will post within a week on this.


  90. JustAWoman says:

    Brides get in on taking “beauty” to the extreme…

  91. Shana says:

    i think you might like

  92. empty_girl says:

    This post about Lindsay Lohan really made me mad.
    If a celebrity isn’t sucking in her gut 24/7 people start speculating about her diet or her sex life.

    Some women just look like that! She is still beautiful and fit looking. Ugh. You don’t get to choose how your uterus tips and the way that it shapes your stomach at rest.

    I’d love to see you comments on this one, MamaV.

  93. empty_girl says:

    another tip, sorry.

    sad news from the Twisted Sister front. Her last blog is quite telling and I wondered if you (MamaV) had any further news on how she’s doing.

  94. twistsis says:


    You can talk to me xx

  95. twistsis says:


    Things are hard, very hard and I am struggling, you are welcome to write comments on the blog, I dont mind, and I am happy to tell you anything you wish to know.

    How are you doing babe?


  96. Krystal says:

    Material posted which encourages or instructs others on how to engage in destructive behavior such as, self-injury, self-mutilation, anorexia, drug or alcohol overdose, or suicide.

    If the material provides instructions on how to commit self-destructive behavior, or encourages others to do same, we will require removal of material, following the Standard Compliance Timeline. If an entire journal or community is dedicated to instructing or encouraging self-destructive behavior, the account will be suspended. Content which only discusses self-destructive behavior, even in positive terms, is not prohibited.

    Personly this makes me really sad i get alot of support from thoose communitys alot of them helped me out of my deppression.

    LiveJournal does not condone self-destructive behavior in any capacity, such as communities which promote anorexia as a healthy lifestyle choice, but we also recognize that users should be able to discuss and seek support for dealing with problems related to self-harm. We do not, however, allow content which encourages or instructs others on how to engage in self-destructive behavior.

    Livejournal is going to delete alot of the pro ana communitys

  97. Krystal says:

    Live journal is gonna delete all* of the communitys.

  98. Leah says:

    I thought this was interesting. I’m not trying to be a smart ass, I love your site. It helped me in a big way to get over my eating disorder because I would come here instead of going to other websites that support the idea of anorexia and bulimia. I thought of you when I looked at it and then thought about the fact that when I was sick I would always watch shows like that and take notes. Mental notes of course.

  99. Leah says:

    it’s from the website postsecret.

  100. Amber/vanity900/cult66623 says:



    I learned alot of disordered eating habbits from such things. i can even give you an excact comercial i saw on youtube that gave “tips” but im not posting the link because i dont want anyone to mimic what iv been doing.

  101. ck2r says:

    Hey MamaV I’m sure you’ve already heard of the Dove Self Esteem Fund and Their Award Winning Ad Evolution
    in case you have’nt here is the link

    And now they are doing a Sleepover for Self Esteem. I think that this great company fighting back against the pressure to be a supermodel heres the link to the sleepover site
    I think they deserve a little thumbs up don’t you?

  102. Leni says:

    The German photographer Ivonne Thein shows her new work in Berlin: She photographed “normal weight” models and photoshopped them down to looking like as if they’d weigh 32 kilos.

    More info and some of Thein’s photos:

  103. ck2r says:

    Just curious why is my comment still awaiting moderation?

  104. ck2r says:

    On a whim I decided to google some pro ana/mia sites I had only visited the LJ one before this. These new ones shocked me. here is a list of “safe” tips on one site
    I read them “safe tips” There is no such thing.

  105. Nats says:

    try looking at Miss Bimbo Website!! There is big arguments about it over the press at the moment.

  106. Leni says:,4670,ItalyAnorexiaCampaign,00.html

    “Italian authorities are mounting a $1.5 million campaign against a growing epidemic of anorexia and other eating disorders in a country known for its fashion industry and image consciousness.”

  107. Amber/vanity900/cult66623 says:

    anybodys thoughts? its a game for kids 9-16. im gona singh up and cheack this out.

  108. Izzy says:

    They were inspired by you, and so I thought you might like to see it. As far as I know the creators suffer from eating disorders themselves and are *very* tired of their life threatening disease being made into a “lifestyle” and “choice”. Enjoy!

  109. mamavision says:

    Thanks Izzy! Posting about this now.

  110. liz says:

    “Two sizes are available- 7 inches, or 8 inches. Please check the size listed below and ensure you are buying from the right listing!”

    Those are really big sizes, skinny people wouldnt be able to wear them.

  111. Amber/vanity900/cult66623 says:

    umm…liz, sizes of what?

  112. ck2r says:

    This is older news but has been bugging me for a while. These Alli Diet Pills ads seem creepiley like some Pro Ana Creed The diet pill was named Alli to be like an “ally or friend” Ana and Mia you’ve got a new diet personification.
    The ads look like this
    It’s really hard to readso this is what the little captions says
    1.I can do it different this time
    2.I can make new choices about what I eat
    3.I can walk my dog around the block again
    4.I can lose 50% more weight
    5.I can lose weight in healthy gradual steps
    6.I can look for more ways to burn calories
    7.I can push myself harder and longer
    8.I can make changes that stick
    9.I can prove myself
    This was just kind of creepy the way our world is turning “Pro Ana”

  113. Amber/vanity900/cult66623 says:

    To add about alli wrote a science article on it, did you know that Alli can screw up you bowles? it achely recomends to wear panty liner while taking the pills. no wonder your loosing 50% more weight. its like anything elese, fake weight loss. water loss, crap loss, i mine as well have a laxitive omlett.

  114. NoAnorexia says:

    A girl recoveres from Anorexia and gives birth to a BABY!!! Yay!!!

  115. missA says:

    Faces of Pro-Ana has taken down all the pictures. I think it is a good move, but I would like to know your thoughts.

  116. Nats says:


    That is a wicked story! I followed the link and as someone who has lost babies because of my ED, its nice to read that things are still possible once ED’s are beaten.


  117. Nats says:

    14 yr old girl has been dropped as the face of Australian fashion week, after vogue and other magazines refused to have her photos in their magazines as she is too young. Also the magazine editors said they would stop publishing articles to promote the fashion week if she were not dropped.

  118. K says:

    Faces of Pro-Ana deleted all the photos!

  119. lisa says:

    this is advertising a weight loss product- just look at the girl white bikini………. she must of used more than the weight loss product- she looks anorexic… take a look at the website.

    Lisa x

  120. laura michelle says:


    How are they ever going to enforce this???

    The French Parliament has created a new bill that would make it illegal for anyone to publicly promote extreme thinness. This includes everything from magazines, newspapers, websites, anything media related.

    How do you PROMOTE extreme thinness???

    This has “issues” written all over it!

    The bill has already been approved unanimously and is set to go for approval to the Senate in the next few weeks.

    This law would be the strongest of its type ever passed. The proposed law comes after the death of a Brazilian model in 2006 which was linked to anorexia. Her death prompted officials throughout the fashion industry to re-evaluate and address the use of portraying extremely thin models. This also led to Spain banning extremely thin models from walking in their fashion shows.

    The French Health Ministry reports that there about 30,000 to 40,000 people dealing with anorexia in France, with the majority of the cases being women.

    Valery Boyer, the conservative lawmaker who created the bill, argued that any media outlet encouraging extreme weight loss or anorexia, should be punishable in court.

    Last week, fashion industry members and lawmakers all signed a charter agreeing to promote healthier body images.

    Under the new law, if you are found guilty of “inciting others to deprive themselves of food” to an excessive degree, judges will have the power to imprison or fine offenders up to $47,000. Authorities can also sanction those individuals responsible to magazine photos portraying “excessive thinness.”

    Some in the fashion industry are strongly opposing the bill, such as Didier Grumbach, president of the influential French Federation of Couture. Rightfully so!

    Grumbach said, “Never will we accept in our profession that a judge decides if a young girl is skinny or not skinny. That doesn’t exist in the world, and it will certainly not exist in France.”

    This is a troubling and scary issue.

    Is the government going too far?

    Is the media to blame for anorexia? Is it genetic? What about peer pressure????

    So many questions!

    [Image via WENN.]

  121. ck2r says:

    Hey another link to they above story is here it goes into a little more deatil and represents both sides of the arguement

    Well who knows if this will do anything? There is no measure on extreme thinness and there will always be Pro Ana, it’s impossible for them to persecute all of the people behind it, our jail cells would overflow!
    I think this is another blame it on the media thing. While I was denying recovery or even before this whole thing started I never once said “Oh I want to look like that model or this celebrity”
    There is so much more to these disorders than meets the eye.

  122. Anna says:

    It’s a book explaining to children why their mommy is getting plastic surgery and why she’ll be a better mommy with it.

  123. serafina00 says:

    Hey Heather,

    I stumbled upon this link the other day. I it is really good and talks about ways to be honest about eating issues and be true to ourselves:

    Take gentle care,


  124. kelly says:

    a story about how photoshop is being used to fill out too skinny celebs…interesting

  125. Tina says:

    Hi MamaV – your header pics are beautiful by the way.

    I thought this article was interesting.

  126. Anne says:

    Interesting article about a study done on women/eating disordered behavior:

  127. Michelle says:

    90210 Costars Plan Intervention for Too-Thin Actresses

    Finally, stars are being told to put on some weight.

  128. smudgeruk says:

    This looks like it could be interesting. One for UK viewers, although the documentary may well be available online somewhere after the TV showing.

  129. mamavision says:

    Thanks smudgeruk, posted about this. Scary, very real story…not sure if we need the cameras following the poor child around though, you know?

  130. smudgeruk says:

    No, I’m not sure either… I’m reserving judgement until I’ve seen the programme. I’ll be very interested to see how they deal with the issues raised.
    The story just struck me because she’s so very, very young… It’s shocking – but I suspect not that uncommon.

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  132. amber says:

    “” got shut down yesterday.

  133. amber says:

    hedi montage admits shes addicted to plastic surgery, and brags about it.,,20336472,00.html

  134. Aisling says:

    Just watched this documentary on t.v and thought you might be interested. “Picture me: A model’s diary”. It’s about Sara Ziff’s career through her own filming.

  135. chloe says:

    italian vogue launched “vogue curvy.” they list liv tyler as a “curvy icon” and then proceed with a gallery of her where her collarbones are popping out in like 75% of the pictures. i think most people would agree that liv tyler is THIN, just not emaciated like many of the women in vogue. apparently that makes her “curvy.” i get what they are trying to do, but it seems really ridiculous. if they are going to celebrate so-called “curvy” bodies, maybe they should pick women who are actually curvy. also, why must this be separate from regular vogue? i’d love to hear your opinion.

  136. Tina says:

    French Elle features gorgeous (if I may say so) plus-size model on the cover.

  137. Anonymous says:

    MamaV, I think it is time to make another huge impact and hit back at pro-ana sites, such as you did with the “faces of pro ana” website. Glitterveins, for example, still has “tips and tricks”. There is also still a “pro ana and mia” website. These websites need to see some fighting and resistance against them. Show their posts, humiliate them if you need to. I don’t know … they just need to go :(

  138. Araea says:


    Check this out in New York at Club Monaco, the Mannequins have collarbones and spines that protrude. Interesting tactic for marketing?!

  139. NTG says:

    The TODAY show on NBC had a piece about pro-ana websites. Althought the story wasn’t anything new, I thought I would bring it to your attention.

  140. Alexandrite says:

    Hello MamaV,
    Though I am not having having any eating disorder/body image problem, I’ve discovered and truly awestruck with your website. So inspiring and hopefully can provide much-needed helping hands to girls and boys who are on their way to rediscover self-esteem and pride as a healthy, smart, beautiful human beings. Our health is a gift, our completely functional body a priceless gift from God, no matter what size we are. I truly believe that.

    However, I’ve recently stumbled ito something so disconcerting and horrible. NAKED, BUTT_NAKED models sent down the catwalk. On London Fashion Week. What for? For a wigmaker’s wig and hat line. This is something that eerily reminds me of those dark days when SLAVERY was still in effect. Naked slaves sent down a line to be exhibited by would-be buyers…. This is just depraved….

    You can check it out here:

    Regards and love,

  141. Leah says:

    stumbled upon this when I was checking out some information on this organizations
    love your body day anti pageant. Both are awesome sites.

  142. Miks says:

    Isabella Caro, From the Nolita ads, has died

  143. Kat says:

    Have you heard of this twitter weirdo yet?

  144. seotonsnano says:

    Super le seotons
    C’est l’avenir du seotons


  145. Anonymous says:

    american apparel now sells laxative tea. wow.

  146. liz says:

    Girl that struggled with anorexia makes life size version of barbie.. theres a video towards the bottom which was pretty cool.

  147. MelAmber says:


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