Trigger Warning: Eating Disorders
On Tuesday, Lady Gaga made waves not for an outrageous outfit or a new single, but for her confession of having an eating disorder. On her social media website, LittleMonsters.com, Gaga posted pictures of herself in her underwear with the caption “Bulimia and Anorexia Since I Was 15.” The photos were posted as a response to various blogs and tabloids who felt that it was necessary to point out that the singer had put on weight, as well as to launch a body positivity project called The Body Revolution. The singer encourages members to post pictures of themselves, as well as stories of overcoming insecurities (similar to our Free Your Body Image project.)
While the site has gotten a great response over the past few days, and Gaga’s confession may help other young women speak up, our concern is that the media forced her to “come out.” Eating disorders are extremely complex and personal. Perhaps Gaga was ready to talk about her disorder, but it sucks that it had to surface after the tabloid media decided to criticize the fact that she had gained twenty-five pounds, calling her “fat” and claiming they were concerned for her health, which we all know is bullshit. This is why the media needs to leave women and their bodies alone.
There’s no satisfaction–women are criticized for being too skinny; criticized for being too “fat,” criticized for not getting back into bikini shape immediately after having a baby. It’s not fair to the celebrities, and it’s not fair to women reading the magazines and the blogs. A woman with Lady Gaga’s body type reads the criticism, and internalizes it, feeling that she is fat, when in reality, she’s fine. We don’t want to say that this directly leads to body image disorders as we’re not doctors or ED specialists, but we don’t think it helps.
If you’re from The Centennial State and you have a friend or loved one who is suffering from an eating disorder, there are a lot of Colorado resources for eating disorder treatment that can teach you what steps to take.
What do you think, LivLunatics? Is Lady Gaga’s ED confession helpful, or should it have come at a different time? Will you be participating in the Body Revolution?