In the latest volley in the war of the weight, supermodel Gisele Bundchen has come out to blame families for girl’s anorexia:
“I never suffered from this problem (anorexia) because I had a very strong family base. Parents are responsible, not the fashion industry,” she said in the Friday edition of O Globo newspaper.
Now, I have to agree that different people have different metabolisms. I was one of those guys that could eat anything (quantity wise) and not gain weight. That was, until college. I believe I can link my weight gain to a particular shift at the Dining Common where I worked and a meal where I didn’t have to go back to work until I finished eating– so I just kept eating.
Suffice it to say, each of us is different in what we can and cannot eat. I don’t think it’s entirely fair to blame the parents for eating disorders– since women who have them have to have a goal or something that they are trying to look like– but I also don’t believe it’s totally a model’s fault. Although models are far from innocent, parents should be aware about what their kids are eating and what they are taking in, and who they are idolizing.
So to me, more than it being a parent problem or a model problem, it is definitely a sin problem and a culture problem. We just have to do whatever it takes to keep our kids from destroying their bodies. It might be that we have to give them better role models whatever way we can– through parents or through mandating healthy weight in the current ones. Whatever we do, life is more important than fashion.