Have you heard of a foolish thing called thinspiration?

United States
April 24, 2011 8:28pm CST
People with eating disorders may know about thinspiration, a way for people with self image issues to be "inspired" to lose weight. This is done by posting web pages or youtube videos with photos of thin models or thin people. There are sometimes words like, "don't give up" or something.. I think this is pitiful because the photos show people who are nothing but bones, and yet people want to look like that? I feel truly disgusted because I have lost weight in a couple years but I would never bring myself to that level of starvation, especially because not eating can make people very moody by nature. I wouldn't want to feel that way. Please do not perpetuate this behavior.. don't post video of skeletons because it is not attractive.. what are your thoughts?
4 responses
@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
25 Apr 11
It is disgusting, but if that is what someone wants to do to themselves, it is a great way to go about it. I post pictures of vacation spots, houses, cars, and slim folks on my dream board. Not super skinny people that grosses me out, but some people like that, and I live and let live for the most part. Posting pictures is a great way to stimulate the imagination, into believing that it is already like that. It works because the sub conscious mind can not differentiate between fiction and reality. Sincerely and With Appreciation.
• United States
25 Apr 11
hmm that's an interesting way to look at it. I wonder if the person looks at the thin body and believes that her body is like that, or always sees the difference, thinking I'm not like that so I have to keep starving. I wonder when they will see that they are already skinny.
@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
25 Apr 11
It is a good question to wonder, and the answer is different for each person. It is a mental image they hold of themselves, and a very serious dis order which makes them think they need to be thinner. Sometimes we can show them, sometimes they come to the answer themselves, and sometimes they never realize it. Sincerely and With Appreciation.
26 Apr 11
well they should post pictures of buff people or people who have just the right healthy image. working so hard to be a skeleton isn't right at all. think of starving people who are skinny and can't afford to eat three meals a day. there's nothing wrong with losing weight. just do it the healthy way. it's kind of a mockery to the suffering people, aiming to be a skeleton and depriving yourself of a basic need which is food. if people who are on the heavy side want to get motivated, they should try watching the biggest loser. the contestants' dedication is a good enough motivator.
• United States
26 Apr 11
that is such a good point, people can work off motivation rather than photos of starving people in ethiopia!
25 Apr 11
it is fine to post pictures as prime motivation but i think it's no longer right when you have pictures way too skinny or worse that are skeletons. We should know our own limitations and having too much of everything can make it more difficult. I say a picture of heidi klum, tyra banks, jessica alba or halle berry's bod are some examples-- they picture good health and exact wellness..I pray that they'd realize that.
• United States
25 Apr 11
yes, I agree, although some of their habits aren't very desirable in my opinion. I read that Jessica Alba's diet is one meal a day, with little snacks for breakfast and lunch. I think her saying this is not a good example for young people.
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
5 May 11
hi, not yet heard that word ever since only from you,i do exercise not because i want to be thin but i want to have a nice circulation of my blood and release some toxic to my body.and aside from that i would never let my body as skeleton or very thin or even reach the level of staving.