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Old 9th February 2011   #1
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Default Underweight imagery causes neurologic damage

According to a recent study, the bombardment of thin images affects women on a neurological level.

And it even damages the psyches of women who do not (yet) have full-blown anorexia. -ar-532761/

As the study indicates:

[Even] the women who didn't suffer from eating disorders showed anxiety about weight, which showed up in their MRI images.

"There is so much bombardment of this 'thin ideal' and what your weight should be," Spangler said, "That it's showing up in the brains of women, even with women who don't feel like this is a concern for them."

The media's underweight standard is warping the psyches even of women who are not technically suffering from eating-disorder illnesses -- that's how pervasive it has become, and how much damage it is doing to all women.

Still more proof that the starvation standard needs to end, and that women need to be shown a fuller-figured alternative to the toxic, ugly "ideal" that the fashion industry mandates.

Here's the video of the report:

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Old 10th February 2011   #2
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Default Re: Underweight imagery causes neurologic damage

I wonder if such imagery has an effect on male perception of female appearance as well. I'm a man and I myself feel uneasy when viewing scores of females suffering with such depleted frames.
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Old 11th March 2011   #3
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Default Re: Underweight imagery causes neurologic damage

In addition to the neurologic damage described above is the physical damage that results from being emaciated, or from seeing images of malnourished models.

This article from the Times of India offers further proof.


As the article states:

New research done by a foreign university reiterates something you guessed before: girls dieting to be size zero could be risking their bones to long-term problems such as osteoporosis. The research conducted on 4,000 young girls, shows that fat mass plays an important role in building bones. Recent research conducted by a London based college, also found that constant images of reed-thin, size-zero models, pop stars and actresses fuelled a rise in eating disorders amongst young women.

Building strong bones is particularly important for women, as they are three times more likely to develop osteoporosis and suffer up to three times more hip fractures than men. Actress Gul Panag points out, "Size zero has sparked low self-esteem issues, resulting in bulimia, anorexia and body dysmorphic disorders. Looking thin is like being a poster girl for sickness and bad health."

In early 2006, Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston, 21, died of anorexia on the eve of a Paris photoshoot after living on a diet of apples and tomatoes

The death of Uruguayan model Luisel Ramos at the Uruguay Fashion Week in 2006 led to the ban on size zero girls parading at the Madrid fashion shows. Luisel's father claimed that she had been fasting for days. The already skinny 22-year-old had been informed by her model agency that she could "make it big" if she lost a significant amount of weight. She collapsed while going for a final costume change and died despite the efforts of an emergency team trying to resuscitate her.

Six months later, Luisel's sister, 18-year-old model Eliana was found dead in her bedroom. Primary diagnosis revealed that it was death due to symptoms of malnutrition.

It is always commendable to see the media acknowledging the fact that images of skeletal models DO cause eating disorders. This has been clearly and irrefutably established.

The quote from the researcher who concludes that "Looking thin is like being a poster girl for sickness and bad health" is well stated. Society might have come around to recognizing that an anorexic look is a death sentence, but even merely looking thin, looking anything less than plus size, is unhealthy for women.

If all young women would allow themselves to blossom into a comfortable, full-figured size, they would avoid these health risks, and would both look and feel healthy and beautiful.
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Default Re: Underweight imagery causes neurologic damage

Of course malnutrition causes osteoporosis. One needs sufficient doses of calcium and magnesium to keep one's bone density as it should be. If you do not feed your body in the right way (getting enough vital nutrients every day) calcium seeps from the bones resulting in brittle bones. A classic example: Gwyneth Paltrow and her silly micro biotic diet that cuts out diary. She was diagnosed with osteoporosis in her thirties! Ladies, please look after your bones!
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Default Plus-size imagery yields neurologic benefits

Originally Posted by Meredith
According to a recent study, the media's underweight standard is warping the psyches even of women who are not technically suffering from eating-disorder illnesses -- that's how pervasive it has become, and how much damage it is doing to all women.

The findings of this study are frightening, but also instructive.

At this site, we frequently use the term "brainwashing" to describe the effect that today's anti-plus, thin-centric, curve-o-phobic, media culture has on society.

The natural human inclination is to find a fuller female figure more attractive than a thinner one, and to see an increase in weight as an increase in beauty. The pro-curvy artistic depictions of beautiful women in every century prior to the 20th, prior to the advent of the media-industrial complex, testify to this, given that plus-size beauty was the prevailing cultural ideal. It arose naturally out of innate human impulses.

But in present times, the non-stop bombardment of underweight imagery has overwritten this hardwiring and conditioned many people to believe that emaciated androgyny is somehow attractive. This leads, of course, to eating disorders, but as this study indicates, even warps the minds of women in general whose pathology does not rise to the level of full-fledged anorexia. This indoctrination causes a mass delusion that a physical appearance that betokens ill-health and starvation is somehow preferable to a well-fed, opulent, robust appearance.

The subjects of this brainwashing (which is to say, all of modern society) think that their curve-o-phobic reactions are innate, but in fact, they have been artificially manufactured, manipulated into their present form by anorexia-inducing propaganda.

What makes this study so extraordinary is that through it, the effects of brainwashing have been identified on a physiological level. It has accomplished a biological mapping of indoctrination, a neurologic cartography of conditioning.

A phenomenon that, previously, may have been dismissed as psychological chimera has now been physically confirmed.

To see such tangible evidence of the warping of the human mind with a toxic ideal is terrifying, and should prompt everyone who reads this site to redouble their efforts to put an end to the propagation of thin-centric imagery.

However, other, more positive considerations come to mind when reflecting upon the ramifications of this study.

Based on the study's findings, one can assume that images of plus-size models, in sufficient number, can repair the neurologic debilitation caused by anorexia-pushing imagery and restore a subject's natural appreciation for Classical beauty, since the mechanism is the same (visual experience).

But the study also invites the possibility that just as women today have been neurologically damaged by the prevalence of thin-supremacist images, so women in the past were neurologically benefitted by the prevalence of size-positive images.

The ramifications of this are extraordinary. In the past, women were physically healthier, as they allowed themselves to eat whatever they liked, and as much as they liked, and thus had a comfortable relationship with food and did not damage their bodies through self-imposed starvation. But this study also suggests that women in the past, prior to mass-media indoctrination, may been neurologically healthier as well. They may have felt fitter, and more contented, and happier, as a consequence of living in a size-positive environment.

Thus, the increased prevalence of images of visibly full-figured models may not only improve women's physical well-being, but their mental/emotional state as well.

Certainly when one looks at the images of a gorgeous size-18 plus-size model like Katherine Roll, one perceives the sensual pleasure and physical delight that she takes in indulging herself freely. Her self-satisfaction is palpable. This study suggests that through contemplation of her luscious beauty, women the world over might derive benefits both physical and psychological.

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