Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Physical Cost of Dieting & Cutting

Trigger warning Striving to attain the extreme aesthetic requirements of physique competitions causes both physical and psychological afflictions. These closely resemble the symptoms of starvation since the lean competition body is essentially in a state of chronic malnutrition. Malnutrition produces various dysfunctions that affect multiple organs within the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine, skeletal, and central nervous […]

Dangers of Dieting & ‘Cutting’

Trigger warning   Disorderly eating affects many physique competitors, particularly during the final stage of competition preparation which is masochistically known as ‘cutting’. In a recent report, Taylor and Francis (2014) reveal that in comparison with non-athletes, ‘athletes are considered three times more likely to develop an eating disorder’.[1] According to one eating disorders’ expert, […]


Over the past century, the vision of the ideal body has become increasingly removed from the average woman. In 1994, feminist critics Fallon, Katzman and Wooley remarked that ‘[i]n less than two decades the acceptable female body size had been whittled down by one-third, and most women could no longer fit into it.’[1] Another two […]


Despite their claim that ‘skinny is not sexy, health is’, the new ‘fitspo’, is merely thinly veiled thinspiration. The fitness models that represent fitspiration culture maintain an extremely low level of body fat. Unlike the anorexic girls of the thinspiration era, however, their additional muscle mass provides the appearance of health.       In […]


In recent years, there has been a significant shift in the attitude towards bring thin. The pro-ana girls have developed muscles as thinspiration has been replaced by an ever expanding fitness culture. ‘Fitspiration’[1] is the new social media hashtag and young women now proclaim ‘I’d rather be fit and sexy than weak and dainty.’ While […]


Trigger warning The emergence of the internet in the 1990s coincided with a dramatic increase in the number of cases of what was diagnosed as anorexia nervosa. Previously a private and isolating disorder, self-starvation entered a new era as the internet provided a platform that enabled sufferers to connect with one another. Offering mutual support […]