As I’m sure you’re all aware, ‘All About That Bass’ singer Meghan Trainor has been the subject of debate in recent months since the release of her debut single.
The song, which has been described as an anthem for the “bigger” lady, has also been slated for “skinny shaming”, with lyrics that refer to slimmer women as “skinny bitches”.
While the song has a light-hearted sound, it has caused outrage with many.
As if that wasn’t enough to keep people talking, the new-comer has shown her ignorance towards eating disorders in her interview with Entertainment Tonight last month.
Trainor began by talking about her experience and body hangups as a teenager, telling ET that she was a “chubby girl”, before going on to say “I wasn’t strong enough to have an eating disorder”.
This comment, which really did not sit well with Demi Lovato, was followed with: “I tried to go anorexic for a good three hours. I ate ice and celery, but that’s not even anorexic. And I quit. I was like, ‘Ma, can you make me a sandwich? Like, immediately.”
Lovato, who has been very open about her struggle with both anorexia and bulimia in the past, responded with a series of tweets, including: “There’s a wide misconception that anorexia and/or bulimia is a choice… It’s the ignorance and lack of education on mental illnesses that continues to put mental health care on the back burner”.
I’m sure Meghan’s comments have struck a cord with people who have battled with eating disorders worldwide; but what this really shows is that people really need to be educated about eating disorders, a form of mental illness which affects 1.6 million people in the UK alone.
What many people don’t know is that eating disorders actually affect the brain. Studies have shown that the brain of a person suffering from an eating disorder experiences different reaction to that of a healthy woman.
For example, the brain scan below shows how the brain of a female anorexia patient reacts in comparison to others when looking at other women and, in turn, themselves.
While this post only gives a brief explanation of eating disorders, and few statistics, I will be writing my News Feature assessment on the topic, which I will post onto my blog once it has been submitted at the beginning of December.
I am eager to break through these misconceptions and help to spread awareness of the mental illness.
Keep your eyes peeled!