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Author:  eeka [ Thu Aug 04, 2011 6:42 am ]
Post subject:  Hadley Freeman - the link between EDs and the media?

I found this in yesterday's Guardian, and thought it was great. I think it's pretty much the first article I've seen in which eating disorders are not just automatically blamed on 'our modern-day culture' (despite the role it plays), and actually given some...justice (wrong word) in their description. I also had no idea that Hadley Freeman used to suffer from anorexia (which is probably a good thing, as she says), and I think it's great she has taken this opportunity to write about it so well, especially given that fact that it must've been pretty hard to 'come out' about it in such a public way.

Anyway, here's the article :): http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... NTCMP=SRCH

Author:  starfish88 [ Sat Aug 06, 2011 3:43 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hadley Freeman - the link between EDs and the media?

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...harrumphing that the obesity crisis is a more pressing problem, which is about as stupid as saying we should stop talking about any infertility issues seeing as there's such a problem with teen pregnancies.


This! I hate the whole 'which is worse, anorexia or obesity?' debate.

Author:  Kara-Corinne [ Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hadley Freeman - the link between EDs and the media?

I found that article really interesting, and possibly the best I've read concerning media and EDs.

It made me sad, though, that the commenters were so quick to jump on the author for the tiniest thing... I have a lot of respect for the people who put their views out there like that. It can't be easy.

Author:  sparrows [ Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hadley Freeman - the link between EDs and the media?

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Pretty much every other newspaper also covered this issue, understandably, as this is indeed a terrible story, although it's hard to imagine a study showing that the same number of children are receiving treatment for, say, schizophrenia getting the same amount of coverage. But then, of course, schizophrenia can't be illustrated with a photo of a little girl lifting up her shirt, as the Sun did.


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The media is neither the cause of nor irrelevant to eating disorders. Sometimes, unfortunately, life is too complicated to fit in a snappy headline.


I looooved this. Thanks, Frances.

Author:  eeka [ Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hadley Freeman - the link between EDs and the media?

^ me too, it felt a bit like a breath of fresh air, amidst all the black-and-white, shock-tactic, sometimes superficial articles in the media about EDs. And besides, Hadley Freeman is awesome! :oops:

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