Share Your Thoughts on This Week's Story: Anorexia Takes a Life

11/24/2006 at 10:00 AM ET

This week’s issue of PEOPLE magazine features a story about Ana Carolina Reston, a Brazil model who tragically died from complications due to anorexia at the age of 21. Following the August death of a Uruguayan model from heart failure during a fashion show, Reston’s death adds fuel to the outrage over too-thin models. Click here to read the story about Reston. You may also read our previous post on the PEOPLE’s cover story Pressure To Be Thin, by clicking here.

If you’d like to share your thoughts on this tragedy, or weigh in on the growing debate over weight issues in the fashion and entertainment industries, feel free to leave a comment here.

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shopoholic on

it is so sad how theese models will do anything to make them skinny:(

Amanda on

Sadly, a person feeling so incredibly undesirable is common in our perfection based society. Ana was a beautiful girl, and it really is a tragedy that she felt that she had to compromise her health for her looks. I am a mother to a 3 1/2 year old girl, and I am trying so hard to raise her with confidence and the knowledge that she is beautiful no matter what. (which she is) My thoughts and prayers go to Ana’s family.

jenna on

She said, “I can work more if I’m skinny.” Who are the people giving more work to the skinny models? These are the people who need to change. Designers/the industry can deny it but it’s true that they are the ones giving more work to the skinny models. If they had stopped making excuses and pointing the finger at “society” then Ana wouldn’t have died to get more work.

Vanessa on

It is a shame that in a very short time 2 models died.

But this is common in the fashion industry, actually, it is nice that we now know about this, because we didnt have this information since the families were ashamed of telling the media.

You have for example Kate Moss, she had lots of problems witn food, and nobody knows. And now that she was fotographed consuming cocaine, she is like an icon, received a price & multimillion contracts. Why would they do that?

We see all ads telling about external beauty, but what about internal?? Publicists should do something about this and pronto.

And I’m also sorry for Lindsay Lohan, another girl who had eating disorder and now they said she was discovered in her hotel room with an overdose of cocaine.

Do something people, react to this.

Stacey on

I truly feel for this beauty’s family. Watching someone you love shrink in size and being obsesed with what enters her system. I know this because I have anorexia and it just kills my husband and parents to watch me shrink. I use it as a control devise when nothing else in my life is controled. It is just the way I deal with stress. So many people misunderstand this disease and think that you can stop at any time. It causes more stress to an anorexic.

My deep wishes go to her family for all the horrible feelings they are feeling now. And have felt for the last couple of years.

Traci on

It is a difficult subject for most women to address. I have suffered from both anorexia and bulemia. I am 5′ 6″ and on my wedding day, I weighed 98 lbs. That was over 3 years ago and since then I have gotten the help that I needed and have not had a relapse in 3 years. I don’t believe you can blame eating disorders on one factor, such as the modeling industry, peer pressure, social anxiety, self esteem and many many other environmental factors can contribute to one falling trap to this disease. The best thing we can do as a society is make people aware of the disease and find ways to help those affected by it. I was a trained dancer and the pressure to be thin was always there, since I was 13. But, finally with the support of my friends and family, I stopped allowing the thought of extreme thinness control my life.

Kelli on

I think this woman is gorgeous and it is so sad with this industry these days showing that being pencil thin is what has to be done to “keep” careers. People are dying and waisting away. I think the new thing for the models, that they have to weigh a certain healthy amount is excellent ! People can be beautiful in any shape, size or color.

Sandra on

This is a real tragedy, my condolences to her family. I wonder how many more models have to die before the fashion industry reacts. Thumb up to Madrid fashion week for taking a stand for respecting the limits of the human body and requiring models to be at a healthy body mass index to be able to work the runway. Hopefully the rest of the fashion world will learn something from them.

tameia betran on

I would like to send my prayers out to the this models family for there great loss. Words can not express how deeply sorry i am that you guys have to deal with such a tragedy publicly. But, then we as the people have to ask ourselves is it fair to blame the media, and the industry for every model that struggles with anorexia, or bulemia. Me, myself I try to look at every situation from both sides. I believe that the media has a role in some situations. But, not all. It is in my opinion that sometimes some of these models are crying out for help. Like there trying to escape from themselves, or should i say there is a war within that only they know about, and the’re trying to fight it alone. And when confronted about there abnormal behavior they live in denial. At this point i feel we as the people need to pray. And pray that god get into the minds of his children which is us, and guide and direct his people the way he feels they should go.

Tameia Betran

elizabeth on

I feel very sadden that society has brainwashed us into thinking that slim is pretty or better. In reality nobody is perfect and were all different in our own way. We need to think of our health more then what we look like outside. Anorexia is something to be taken seriously and I think they should stop targeting the actress when they look like they are gaining weight, cause that is showing us that we are not accepted for the simple fact that we gain a few pounds. Now even girls that are in 5th, 6th grade are worrying about they weight. We need to spread the word that too skinny is not pretty or better.

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