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It seems ironic that NBC's "The Biggest Loser" would air the finale last week at the same time as NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) launched its annual awareness campaign. But then again, the BL finale probably did more in one show to open the public's eyes to the horrors of eating disorders than NEDA could do in a week.
The winning contestant stood as a sickly, bony, 105 pound woman of 5'4", putting her BMI within the clinical marker of anorexia, and for perhaps the first time, people started realizing what our culture's obsession with weight loss and thinness is doing to thousands of young and old women and men.
I would like anyone reading this message as a wake-up call to step back and consider this: girls with anorexia or bulimia are 18 times more likely to die than girls without, which makes eating disorders far more dangerous than obesity. It's time to stop shaming others for their looks and weight and start loving ourselves.
If you have a daughter, wife, sister, niece, please tell her that she is gorgeous from the inside out. Save her life. Eating disorders are serious illnesses that kill, not just phases. Take them seriously.
And for goodness sakes, someone tell "Biggest Loser" that they've gone too far!