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    • rachelr26

      I feel like another big problem with posting about anything “controversial” on facebook is that you’re opening yourself up to the stress of being a moderator for anything that occurs between, say, a close friend and that guy you met at a networking event, or your mom and the barista you’ve befriended at your local coffee shop. My general attitude toward most things is to try and keep an open mind, and to engage with people respectfully no matter what their opinion may be, but I can’t control how everyone else responds to me and to one another once I hit the “post” button. I try as much as possible to keep political stuff off my wall, and on the few occasions I’ve broken that rule, I’ve quickly seen people from different parts of my life start sniping at each other—something that can have real-world consequences (from awkwardness to broken relationships), even if you’re the one trying to keep things civil. It’s really unfortunate because I like hearing from people with all different opinions, but it seems like there’s no way to have a civil discussion even among people bound together by only one or two degrees of separation.

    • 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.”

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