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At high request, here is a story that involves vlogger Eugenia Cooney, an extremely skinny 22 year-old with more than 890 000 followers on YouTube. In the recent weeks, thousands of people have joined forces and signed a petition to remove Eugenia from YouTube, in order to avoid influencing young girls who look up to her when it comes to body image. Not only did Eugenia’s extremely skinny appearance led to a petition, but the vlogger also gets an overwhelming amount of concerned comments on her videos. However, Eugenia insists that she does not have an eating disorder and that she is ‘naturally thin’ – also, she does not agree that she can negatively impact her viewers.
Eugenia’s reply to the criticism she’s been receiving over her extremely skinny appearance:
‘I’m just kind of naturally like that, I guess. There isn’t really a reason. I have never told anyone to try to like lose weight or to try to like change the way they look or to look like me. Some people are saying I’m like a bad influence on girls. I just want you guys to know like I have seriously never have tried to be a bad influence on YouTube or to influence anyone badly. I would never want to do that.’
More details on this story from Daily Mail:
More than 18,000 people signed a Change.org petition calling for her to be temporarily banned from YouTube and seek medical help.
‘Eugenia Cooney has a serious medical condition and needs to seek help. She has been influencing her viewers by her serious underweight condition,’ it said. ‘She may not be intentionally influencing her viewers but showing 50 per cent of her body in videos and pictures are not helping girls with anorexia or any eating disorder,’ said administrator Lynn Cloud.
Among those to have signed the petition is one person who claimed their cousin starved herself to look more like the vlogger. ‘My little cousin lost 17lbs because she wanted to look like Eugenia. She is now receiving care. She is only 12-years-old.’
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