• Author Emma Woolf. (Thomas Skovsende )


    My Battle With Anorexia

    Emma Woolf—Virginia Woolf’s great-niece—pens a memoir about battling a decade-long eating disorder.

    I’ve always been volatile, but over the recent months of early summer I’ve noticed that the emotional extremes have been getting worse. If it were simply the elation of the high times and the despair of the low times I could deal with it, but it’s more than that. Of late I’ve had episodes of violent aggression, moments of such intense rage that I might do anything: attack someone, jump off a cliff, smash a glass into my face, open the car door and leap out while Tom is driving at 90 miles an hour on the freeway.

    Last week, a van driver cut me off on Marylebone Road, then braked sharply at the red lights nearly causing me to crash into the back of him. When I drew up alongside and gave him the finger, he shouted out the window that “f*cking cyclists should get off the f*cking road” and I was a “stupid c*nt in need of a good f*ck.” Without a second’s hesitation I got off my bike, strode over to his window, and punched the door frame so hard that I still can’t bend my little finger.

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    Why liquid diets mess with our relationship to food.

    Calories are the enemy—or at least that’s what our fat-shaming culture has taught us. We’ve come to acknowledge that eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are bad, but with the recent phenomena of “juicing” going on in the past decade, it seems like extreme compulsive behavior and caloric restriction is OK so long as its in the form of something “green.” Jezebel’s Jenna Sauers breaks down a recent Marie Claire article that cites “juicing” as a gateway to eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. While Sauers doesn’t think juicing is that extreme, she does take issue with the dangers of rejecting solid foods entirely and consuming all of one’s calories and (not all of) one’s nutrients in the form of liquid veggies:

    I think juice, though high in sugar, can be a part of a balanced diet. It's a "sometimes food." But I get uneasy whenever a friend tells me—and this happens with increasing frequency—that juice is all she's consuming. Talk about "toxins" and "cleansing" and "good" and "bad” foods just seems unwholesome—just another way of talking about elimination and control.

  • Too Thin

    The Scary New Anti-Anorexia Ad

    Turns glamorous fashion illustrations into real-life skeletal models.

    What could be more glamorous than a fashion sketch showing a lithe model swanning about in the latest couture? But just like Barbie—whose proportions are so unrealistic that she couldn't remain upright as a flesh-and-blood woman—the charming illustrations used by designers to concoct their flights of fancy are hardly maps for a healthy body. To this end, Star Models, a Brazil-based agency, has released a shocking new ad campaign that uses Photoshop to carve out what the paper mannequins would actually look like off the page. Turns out, it's terrifying: those mile-long legs and limber arms become skeletal clavicles and emaciated appendages. The campaign—whose slogan is "You Are Not A Sketch"—is hoping to take aim at thinspiration blogs and 'pro-ana' websites to show girls that fashion industry standards translate into real-life scary.