Amazon Is Currently Selling an Insensitive Pro-Anorexia Hoodie & People Are Rightfully Upset

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Every 62 minutes, someone dies as a direct result of having an eating disorder, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. So it's a mystery why Amazon, the online seller of pretty much everything and anything, would green-light a hooded sweatshirt emblazoned with "Anorexia: Like bulimia except with self control" to be put on sale.

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The hoodie, which goes for about $24.75, is being sold by ArturoBuch, a novelty clothing company. The sweatshirt is currently gaining attention for making light of a serious issue, even though it's been on sale since 2015, BuzzFeed reported. As of Thursday morning, the sweatshirt had 174 reviews to result in a 1.5 star rating. 

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The poor ratings and comments criticized the sweatshirt for its incredibly insensitive nature. "This type of message damages the lives of the most susceptible members of our society," someone wrote. "Making a profit by marketing eating disorders is pure evil."


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The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) agrees with these commenters, calling the hoodie "incredibly offensive and irresponsible" in a statement.

"Jokes about eating disorders are dangerous and cliché. This hoodie propagates the myth that eating disorders are trivial and mere issues of willpower or self-control," Claire Mysko, CEO of NEDA, told BuzzFeed. "Stereotypes like this result in increased stigma and are barriers that prevent people from seeking help. Anorexia is not a 'lifestyle choice,' it is a mental health disorder with socio-biological influences. We ask that Amazon stand with those affected by these deadly illnesses and remove the sweatshirt from their store." 

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Beth Grant, a woman who had anorexia for 13 years, told BBC that the sweatshirt was "absolutely disgraceful," and even though it is only for sale in the US (according to Amazon), the sweatshirt is still available to view online, which "can still harm them, even if they're not wearing it."

Companies should be more careful in deciding which slogans they want their clothing to express and glorify, especially considering that about 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States will have an eating disorder sometime in their life.  

Amazon declined to comment when CafeMom reached out.

If you or someone else you know has an eating disorder, call NEDA's Live Helpline at 800-931-2237, from Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST, or Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

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