My Friend Ana or Let's EAT, Girls!!!!

This is some seriously scary shit…

On one side of the world, we have hunger riots. On the other, a new law that should protect people from self-opposed starvation. The bill that still faces a vote in the French Senate would take aim at any means of mass communication - magazines, blogs, Web sites - that promote eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia with punishments of up to three years in prison and €45,000 fines. More than 30,000 people in France (9 out of 10 are women) suffer from anorexia. To find out more, I google-ed “my friend ana”, the nickname for anorexia I just found in an article. And what I found horrified me: there are real fan websites devoted to anorexia. There are forums, tips about “ana” in art, movies and literature, diet tips, fasts & competitions. These young women admire this life endangering disorder as if it were a cult or a religion. I was never aware of the devastating dimensions of this “trend”.

I found two quotes which illustrate the state of mind:

"We turn skeletons into goddesses, and look to them as if they might teach us how not to need."

„Hunger is power. “

I am really angry that my name is associated with so much stupidity and pain.