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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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The quotes of the day come from Portia de Rossi , who opened up to Oprah about her troubled past and her battle with anorexia – here come the details from DailyMail:
‘I definitely had some pretty amazing willpower to get down to 82 pounds.
‘And that’s what I was holding on to. I didn’t think about anything else.’
Portia says of her mindset at the time, ‘i would prefer to die than fail another diet.’
The former ‘Ally McBeal’ and ‘Arrested Development’ star says she lived on 300 calories a day and hid it from her castmates and friends.
She also would take up to 20 laxatives a day.
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37 year-old Portia De Rossi (now Portia Lee James DeGeneres) is planning to launch a memoir called Unbearable Lightness this November – the actress opens up about her troubled past and life-long battle with anorexia and bulimia. Entertainment Weekly has the details:
Unbearable Lightness, de Rossi’s memoir of a lifetime of starving and bingeing and purging (as well as part of a lifetime hiding her sexuality), is at times so wrenching that it’s difficult to imagine how the author, now 37, has kept her misery hidden for so long. â€Since I was a twelve-year-old girl taking pictures in my front yard to submit to modeling agencies, I’d never known a day when my weight wasn’t the determining factor for my self-esteem,â€ she writes with weary honesty. At her most perilously anorexic, the publicly glamorous TV star weighed 82 pounds. Ten months later, in the depths of bulimic bingeing, she had doubled in size. As an autobiographer she reports this with a vivid eye for detail, particularly about foods devoured, foods refused, and the ways a woman can hide her self-destruction, particularly when posing under the searchlights of fame.
The blunt, pity-free matter-of-factness with which de Rossi shares secrets and lies about her eating disorders and her sexuality makes this forthright confessional story at once shocking and instructional, especially for younger women who may be secretly suffering on their own.
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Nicole Richie looks beautiful in Marie Claire UK this month – and she talks about how the eating disorder rumors affected her:
‘I think when you see me in person, you see that I’m, like, five foot one – I’m a small person.
‘The only time it bothered me was when I was in a store trying on shoes and these girls came up to me – they were probably like 13 or 14 – and their mother came over, and she said, “Are you taking care of yourself, because my girls think that you’re not.” That was upsetting.’
â€˜I felt it was a little unfair to say someone has an eating disorder when they don’t’ she says. â€˜It’s extremely insulting and irresponsible. An eating disorder is serious and it’s a disease.’
What do you guys think about her statements?
See more pictures of Nicole in Marie Claire after the jump!