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    • rachelr26

      Why don’t you go look up the stats for eating disorders and try again. While the US may not have a “skinny” epidemic, if you think the incredible pressure to fit a very specific standard and the horrible fat-shaming that’s exemplified in many of the comments here don’t have a profound effect on the general public’s stress levels/mental health, you need to be a little bit more aware. According to anad.org, “Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S.,” “almost 50% of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression,” and “eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.” The horrible messages we get constantly from ads, tv, magazines, movies, etc, have a profund & devastating effect on many people, especially young people. And I honestly believe our culture of photoshopping and airbrushing already stick-skinny models contributes to obesity way more than embracing all body types in the media would. I think people see this impossible standard and at a certain point just throw their hands up in frustration and give up, because they’re never going to measure up to this nebulous idea of “beautiful” that calls size 2 celebrities and pregnant women “fat.”