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The Truth About Online Anorexia (with Fearne Cotton)

April 9, 2009
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Sensationalist, same style as the binge drinking one Michelle Heaton did last year to prove how bad it is for you. So, do we like it? Well, thumbs up for trying to create awareness of it; there is an issue to do with female magazines which can present a pressure to be thin, and to make you feel uncomfortable about yourself (and that’s why I don’t read them). I agree it’s shocking, type it into google and bang you’re there, but do I wonder if anything can be done; as she said as soon as one gets taken down, one pops up again.

In the second part, she talks about how she feels about breaking the rules of the diet, and I think that really shows in one day how you get into it, how you get entranced. I remember in the summer how it went… You’re fat- eat less- eat even less- be really hungry but scared of eating- desperately calorie watching and every pain is worth it etc etc etc.

What does strike me is how innocent and perhaps ‘unedcated’ she is. Maybe it’s me, and she’s normal, since all normalcy is blown out of proportion. Suicide is normal to me, not to others; same here.

She may be ‘uneducated’ however, the kids in the school she visited weren’t. The girl to the right of her was far too knowledgeable, and I want to help that girl, so much. I was like one of them, the girl that hated her legs and thought she was fat (the girl furthest left I think it was), I was like her. Where does it come from? I can try and uncover some things but my memory isn’t great. The thing is that if people are told that thinking like that is wrong, they’ll keep schtum, which is worse. Locking things up isn’t the way forward, although neither is Ana!

I ‘made’ my mum watch this (well she wanted to change channel and I said no) and the entire time she was moaning about how crap it is to be thin: clothes don’t fit, you’re cold etc. But she doesn’t seem to recognise her own behaviour, that she does actually have issues (and I was kind of hoping she’d realise). It’s her and my father than have ‘made’ me like that; their comments that did it. They may say innocent comments being taken the wrong way, but, well, too late!

I should probably say at this point, that I’ve never visited a pro- ana site. I don’t want to, after seeing clips tonight and it had never really crossed my mind to. I haven’t really ever visited sites for anything, perhaps been influenced by people but not sought anything out. I don’t need to make anything worse, and I know that things can go downhill quite easily and you get into it, like Fearne saw after one day.

I agree what the founder of Sane said (I forget her name) GPs are probably the first port of call after many years, then even if they do get help, there aren’t enough resources to help everyone. Same problem across the spectrum, then.

Incidentally, my sister has just gone to eat a big bowl of cereal and a bun, apparently like I was at that age and my mum seems relieved. Good for her. Shame I was eating my feelings.

I think it’s great to raise awareness, I’m all for it, but I hold my breath as to whether it will work; where there’s a will there’s a way.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2009 12:10 am

    “What they’re saying is so shocking. It shouldn’t be allowed. I’m going to read it out to you…” That sorta set the tone for me.

    I thought Fearne was a bit naive, too. Possibly faux-naive. I find it hard to believe at ten she was too busy playing hopscotch and riding ponies to know what a calorie was.
    She also looks like a girl who’s stuck a toothbrush down her throat a few times. What!? She does.

    Fearne is skinny. Skinny Fearne in skinny jeans. Talking to a ‘recovered’ anorexic, also skinny in skinny jeans. Hmm.

    I didn’t need to watch this to know skipping meals is bad for you. But I now know apple + cucumber = 200 calories.

  2. April 10, 2009 12:16 am

    Incidentally, it’s funny (not ha-ha) you mention

    female magazines which can present a pressure to be thin, and to make you feel uncomfortable about yourself

    But who was a bigger influence on you growing up – the media or your mother?

  3. April 10, 2009 12:40 am

    Indeed. Useful info, as is the 109? calories in a snickers? I don’t know; never have and never will (not to do with how I don’t eat snickers ;))

    How tall is fearne? she said she was 9 stone I think? I don’t bother with the media so I’m not sure what she normally wears…

    On influences, it’s hard to say. My mother when I was younger, then youngish teens the media probably took over.

  4. Lola Snow permalink
    April 14, 2009 6:40 pm

    I alwayse wondered what the purpose of Fearne Cotton was, she’s always stuck me as a complete waste of airtime and oxygen. Amusing to think she ended up as the poster girl for one of the biggest soul suckers known to man, The Pro-Ana movement. Seems oddly fitting.

    Lola x

  5. April 17, 2009 5:34 pm

    Does indeed Lola my dear x

  6. Naomi permalink
    July 2, 2009 9:04 pm

    How can you say that about Fearne?! She’s a great influence to all of us! That programme touched me it really did! She’s thin cos she’s sporty, you know she goes for a morning run evryday? Well, yeah, she does, and she eats healthily! So i say, GO FEARNE!

  7. July 4, 2009 7:32 pm

    Err, it wasn’t against Fearne, it was against the programme. I don’t care about Fearne or what she does, I was purely criticising the programme…

  8. Steph permalink
    February 25, 2011 4:16 pm

    I thought it was an amazing dcumentary…but i agree, she was rather naive.
    I liked that she realised that it’s not a black and white issue, like she first thought.
    But i still think she was a little judgemental of online eating disorders.
    I’m studying this documentary as part of my A Level coursework. It’s really interesting.

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