Anorexia is the third most common chronic disease among young people, after asthma and type 1 diabetes, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. And while there are efforts being made to help the issue, there is still a long way to go. So when brands offer products that are anywhere from insensitive to downright dangerous, like a sweatshirt currently being sold on Amazon, people have a strong reaction.
The Anorexia Styling Hoody for Women is available from Amazon seller ArturoBuch and features the words, “Anorexia (an-uh-rek-see-uh) Like Bulimia, except with self control.” Reviewers are outraged at the garment, which seems to encourage the eating disorder, and are taking to multiple online outlets to get Amazon’s attention. Comments on the site read, “This type of message damages the lives of the most susceptible members of our society. Making a profit by marketing eating disorders is pure evil,” and “Anorexia isn’t a choice, and it has nothing to do with self control. When you have anorexia, you have zero control.” People chimed in on Twitter, as well.
The hoodie is still available for purchase, but hopefully Amazon will hear what people are saying and remove it as soon as possible.
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