Influencer Eugenia Cooney’s ultra thin figure in viral videos raise concern - Hindustan Times

‘Start a petition to block her,’ Fans furious over YouTuber Eugenia Cooney’s videos ‘promoting’ ultra-thin figure

Aug 02, 2023 02:21 PM IST

YouTuber Eugenia Cooney sparks concern over video showing her real thin figure. Fans call for help and want to block her

Anorexic YouTuber, Eugenia Cooney, has sparked concerns among fans after videos showcasing her ultra-thin figure have gone viral.

YouTuber Eugenia Cooney sparks concern over video showing her real thin figure
YouTuber Eugenia Cooney sparks concern over video showing her real thin figure

The 29-year-old Eugenia is present on all major social media handles and has amassed 1.6 million followers on TikTok, 2.1 million on YouTube, 67k on Instagram, and 437k on Twitch. She has been a controversial figure ever since 2013 when she began posting her videos on beauty. Now her new video on Barbie has reignited concerns, with many wanting to start a petition to block her. 'Let's get her removed from IG and YouTube. Like this is not okay. Kids can see this shit,' stated a user on Instagram.

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While some are flocking to follow Eugenia for her makeup tips, for many, the focus has always been on her worryingly thin figure, which has been brought to the forefront of discussion online once again after she posted another video of herself.

Viewers inundated the comments section of her latest Barbie video, which has amassed over 16 million views. Many have implored the vlogger to seek help, expressing that the situation is profoundly 'sad and scary.'

One person wrote, 'How is this extremely sick girl allowed to influence millions of kids? Her accounts should be shut down, and she should be hospitalized.'

Concerned fans have raised eyebrows over her normalization of an extremely skinny appearance. 'This page should have a trigger warning,' a fan wrote on her Instagram image, and her view was supported by many others who are calling out Eugenia's mother.

'Hey Eugenia's mom, I know you're reading this. Absolutely disgusting for enabling her... why don't you want your daughter to be healthy?'

"As a lifelong anorexic currently in recovery, I am horrified that this is being promoted on her social media," a user said.

"This imagery is not healthy for any young women to view. It's very triggering."

"I am surprised she has the energy to stand, let alone walk," an X user commented on London's tweet. "I hope she finds peace and help for her anorexia."

"She is literally knocking on death's door," another X user said. "This is exceptionally sad."

In 2019, Cooney appeared in a documentary on YouTuber Shane Dawson’s channel after she had taken a break from the internet to focus on her health.

In a video, she admitted that she had an eating disorder and went to rehab, Metro reported. Before that, in 2016, some fans pleaded with the YouTube star to seek help for what seemed to be an eating disorder.

A petition, which has since been deleted, was launched on by some viewers who wanted her to be banned from YouTube, as her thinness was “triggering to her fan base,” according to a report from Yahoo! Beauty at the time.

“She may not be intentionally influencing her viewers, but showing more than 50% of her body in her videos and pictures [is] not helping girls with Anorexia or any eating disorder,” the petition stated. In 2019, she talked to PAPER Magazine about her journey.

“I was never trying to cause any harm to anyone or asking them to lose weight,” Cooney told the outlet, as she pointed out that she never talked about her weight.

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“But you still see people judging you and not realizing that you don’t have any bad intentions.” She also added that when people are struggling with an eating disorder or mental illness, it’s “not really something” that they choose to have.

“It would be great if the internet just tried to be positive to people,” Cooney said. “If they’re concerned, even if the person may not listen immediately, showing concern in a kinder way would be way better.”

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