The Hunger Diaries Forum
I thought it was an insightful article. I've never realized before the bad advise we are getting from amateur journalists. Thanks for taking care of us Marie Claire! We need more sincere press!
Sarah K. Norris
Regardless of the valid concerns it raises (talking about fitness and health at length can be harmful to those in ED recovery) attempting to diagnose women with eating or exercise disorders via their blogs is completely irresponsible and disrespectful to women actually struggling with ED. If I eat a salad for lunch today, will someone think I engage in disordered thinking? Will on-lookers attempt to count my calories and determine if they're appropriate for my height, weight and activity level? As a health & fitness journo, I really find 'The Hunger Diaries' appalling in this regard, not to mention dangerous.
I don't understand why so many women are so extreme with their diet and exercise. I personally am a bigger woman, but I learned after years of dieting, its all about maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle. Unless you want to be a slave to all sorts of diets the rest of your life, you have to develop a plan for your...self that you can do for a lifetime. After adopting this attitude, I have lost weight, but more importantly, I feel great! It may not be the fastest road to weight loss, but losing the pounds too fast could wreak havoc on your body anyway...and why anyone would want to do that is beyond me. And one last thing, regarding the "food sabatoge", its seems to me it would be more logical to keep certain foods out of your home...I began doing that not only for myself, but it has meant that my children automatically reach for healthy snacks, and thats a great moment for any mom!
I don't regularly read MC nor have I read these particular 6 blogs prior to reading this article. Since reading the article, I have skimmed the 6 blogs and they are no different than the "healthy living" blogs I do read on a regular basis. I don't understand why bloggers have any social responsibility at all. They are, in essence, people just writing about stuff. They don't claim to be experts. They just claim to be living their lives. MC seems to be thinking they are doing the community a favor by taking creative license to expose something, but what? That these women are not perfect? Who is? To say they shouldn't be role models or to insinuate they have eating disorders is ridiculous and unfounded. What was the point of this article? It surely missed its mark. How sad.
i really, really don't think any of the bloggers you mentioned are anorexic. however, there is an issue at hand. it needs to be discussed. i personally have become a bit obsessed with food because of these blogs. however, i am not blaming them. yet i realize they have that potential. there are some blogs written by peo...ple with truly warped relationship with food. what can we do to help this?
I really liked your Hunger Diaries article. It highlighted concerns on some of the bloggers' extreme behaviour, without slandering them, as one person below had suggested.
MC, I am OUTRAGED by "The Hunger Diaries" article. Not only did you portray these bloggers in such an untrue light, but where does a magazine that features models and actresses who have or had eating disorders have any place to talk on the issue of health. I see Katie Holmes on the cover and she's ran a marathon. Plus,... she's thin. Did you call her emaciated or say she had an exercise disorder?
The worst part about the article in my opinion is that so much was taken out of context. As a longtime reader of several of these blogs, especially Caitlin Boyle's blog, Healthy Tipping Point, I feel like I literally know these girls. On lung runs, I know Caitlin always has a pre-run PB and banana sandwich, comes home has a big lunch, takes a nap and then has a large dinner. It's obvious this girl does not have a disorder. She's inspired countless girls to feel comfortable in their own skin through her Operation Beautiful blog and continues to inspire on a daily basis.
Those "healthy living blogs" are CREEPY and they aren't even really living if they are chained to their computer documenting every morsel that reaches their mouth!! Way to go Katie Drummond! Who needs blogs where someone drinks "mocktails" anyways!!? Lame-os!
MacKenzie Parker Thorman
Surely I am not the only one who sees such a hypocritical aura surrounding Marie Clarie and Drummond's article. How can you publish an article that bashes these 6 wonderful women for putting themselves out there, blogging about how they got healthy, and helping tons of other women lead healthier lifestyles? The women on the covers of your magazines get "healthy" by having a personal chef, a personal trainer, AND you still feel the need to airbrush away all the "imperfections". I hope your magazine goes down in flames for the way you are treating your (former) fans. PS-Yes, this post was written in anger, deservedly so.
I completely agree with fellow reader & blogger Ashley Gurbal (below). I think the article, while a bit out of place in a fashion magazine with super skinny models, is important and has started a great discussion. The author of the article does not need to be fire, that is absolutely ridiculous. She was doing her job. ...I too used to read most of the blogs mentioned in the article and became alarmed by their obviously unhealthy models of "healthy" living. They set impossible standards and when I tried to imitate their habits, I got an injury and was vastly under-eating. I stand by Marie Claire in their publication of the article "The Hunger Diaries" and I think a lot of people are overreacting.
As a newbie healthy living blogger, I was disappointed and offended by your "Hunger Diaries" article. The reporter apparently researched and followed these bloggers (some of whom influenced me to start my own blog) for the better part of a year, yet somehow her representation of their content is completely inaccurate. ...These bloggers eat. They eat real, nutritious foods, but certainly don't shy away from the occasional treat. I would not read them if this were not so. I also do not appreciate the way the "Big 6" (I've never heard anyone in the community use this term by the way) readers are portrayed in the article. We are not silly girls blinding following the examples of a few no matter what they do. I'm not training for a marathon like Caitlin, but I sure as hell admire her for it and I completely relate to her passion for running. Training for endurance races does not automatically make you exercise-obsessed and to make that assumption is ridiculous.
I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated "The Hunger Diaries." I used to read several of the blogs mentioned but gradually stopped as the disordered eating patterns became more evident and each post became more narcissistic than the last. My subscription runs out in June 2011, but rest assured, I'll be renewing.
Marianne Andrea Husøy
I think a lot of the outrage on the issue comes because a lot of people (myself included) read or follow one or several of the healthy living blogs that were mentioned. With the way the article was angled, I think a lot of people took it personally, because they felt like people they admire were portrayed in a very unfair manner.