Skinny Mini

Usually when a television show or Netflix movie receives a lot of talk on social media or in my friend groups I like to first listen to everyone’s opinions and get the general consensus before I indulge in the film myself. The latest twitter buzz was all about the movie “To the Bone.” Before watching it myself I researched a little about the topic. The movie follows the story of a girl who suffers from bulimia and is in and out of recovery homes for her eating disorder. She gets to a point of being too skinny and has to go back to the recovery home to get back to a healthy weight. Much like the tv show ‘13 Reasons’ people took to social media to vent about how yet another mental disorder was being glorified through a Netflix original. I saw posts that stood behind the movie and praised how it brought a taboo subject out by creating a discussion about eating disorders. The latter argued that the movie highlighted the flaws in the recovery home systems created to help those with eating disorders. From a personal standpoint this is a topic I have developed a strong opinion about over the years. Since coming to college a big thing I have noticed is that high school girls ages 15–19 are getting skinnier and skinnier. The obsession with being social media’s definition of perfect has driven girls to do anything they can to “be skinny like her.” One small example of this is with one of my good friends from high school. She is average build, not a super athletic girl but has always been naturally thin. She recently posted an Instagram picture that literally made my jaw drop. I paused to examine closer and felt my stomach sink looking at her once muscular legs now replaced with knobby knees and bony ankles. She had never been overweight by any means and was now sitting at an extremely unhealthy weight well below the average for her age. I scrolled down to read the plethora of comments on my high school friends bikini picture. I quickly noticed a common theme, comments such as “OMG Skinny Mini” “Wow Bod Goals” and “Can I be you” scattered the post. I was overcome with unexpected anger. How could these girls be encouraging her? Couldn’t they see that she wasn’t healthy? That’s when I realized, they couldn’t see. Those girls, just like the majority of girls in high school and at any age were blinded by the idea of perfection. I think that the movie ‘To the Bone’ did shed light on a topic that most girls struggle with growing up. I think that it is something that needs to be focused on more and talked about maybe as often if not more than suicide. Eating disorders are a growing problem in girls across the country and are an even scarier mental disorder because they are so glorified in every day social media, with celebrities and in television shows. (to be continued)

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