Why are we encouraging body image issues via media?

Every now and then, I’ll check the Apple News app on my iPhone. I will be fully transparent and admit I don’t often check the news, mainly because for so long the only topic being covered was COVID-19, and also because it’s rather fucking depressing. But, because I feel a moral obligation to stay up-to-date with current global events, I do try to check the news to keep myself informed and relevant.

An article from The New York Post caught my eye a couple of days ago, and for all the wrong reasons. The headline of said article reads “Bye-bye booty: Heroin chic is back” and is written by Adriana Diaz, although I wouldn’t say the author is entirely to blame. Having worked as a journalist myself, I would like to note that the author is responsible for pitching a few topic ideas for an article to their editor, and the editor ultimately makes the choice as to which topic the author will hone in on and compose an article about.

I don’t recommend you do, but if you wanted to read the article, you can find it here.

In case you couldn’t figure out what this article is about based on its title, it is essentially encouraging women to lose a relatively drastic amount of weight in order to give the appearance of a heroin user.

Super healthy, I know.

The article lists a few well-known models who, apparently, are giving heroin chic vibes, and even goes so far as to mention how the Kardashians are slowly shedding their curvy figures to be as skinny as possible. The choice of vocabulary in this article makes me want to vomit as it is quite triggering for someone who endured an eating disorder, and I’m only skimming the surface of what this article contains. It does reference some folks who take issue with this new ‘heroin chic’ trend, and somewhat touches on how this trend may be problematic for women’s health, but its minimal focus on the issues with this trend really doesn’t compensate for writing an entire article about it in the first place.

Can we maybe just fucking stop encouraging eating disorders and body image issues through media? It’s 2022 for God’s sake.

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