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Arise, awake, but don?t be thinspired!

?AH! THOSE looks!? Sigh city youngsters, thinspired by the lanky fashion fairies from the Leanyland, who recently set the small screen on fire and city teenagers on a get-thinner-for-looks drive.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2006 00:47 IST

“AH! THOSE looks!” Sigh city youngsters, thinspired by the lanky fashion fairies from the Leanyland, who recently set the small screen on fire and city teenagers on a get-thinner-for-looks drive.

The magic has started working already with hopes that a fairy tale swish of wand will make fatsos yearn, burn, turn and fly off as happy angels to the Leanyland!

Beware! Fashion fairies cast a deadlier spell with those catwalks, stops and arrogant turns than your fat can really hold!

So, don’t lean against the skinny charm or you will get an unhealthy fall by starving yourself to a bony doll!

But, what says the thinspired lot?

“They are tall. They are thin and every outfit fits them to the skin. What’s wrong if we try to become like them? Says a 16-year-old Anjana, who feels there is no harm in getting thin if that fetches you money, power and glory. “Thin sells, fat doesn’t,” she quips. Would you like to be on diet to get those looks?

“Yes! If that’s the way to get such figures. I don’t think eating less can really harm you,” says another teenager Sujata Sharma.

“What do you do when you join the Army? You simply try to acquire what is important to be an Army person. If your career requirements are ‘good looks and thin frame,’ then you need to work for it. Nothing wrong in it,” says another teenager Nivedita and asks, “what good is fat when it gives you diseases, bad looks and makes you lax?”

Well, that’s good. But, the young city must know how thinspirations can drive you to a hospital!

“Fat protects your body and keeps your muscles lubricated. You must have it as much as your frame demands. But, fat more than that and less than that, can land you in a hospital,” warns KGMU Prof Ravi Dev and hints at the dangers of over-thinning.

“You needn’t lose your vitals to get those vitals,” was a friendly advice of American health expert Alex Williams, who thought thin fashion idols were turning US youngsters into patients of anorexia nervosa (no-hunger-depression syndrome).

“Losing vigour in a rush to get that skinny frame is just not rational,” he advised his patients and warned them against the pro-ana (pro-anorexia) mindset. This is how the western world dealt with the side effects of thinspiration.

US health experts even called for a ban on sick websites that use skinny stars such as Posh Spice and Kate Moss to promote anorexia as an acceptable lifestyle. Alex William termed it as a pro-ana boom and called upon US authorities to shut down websites and fashion shows which “are turning our generation into an emaciated lot.”

Surprisingly, out of 60 anorexia patients, 39 were girls and the rest boys. But, the boom has come down in the US now, especially after pro-ana charm was usurped by WWF pins, throws and drops! Culturally, it was pro-ana brigade vs muscular giants.

Before thin sets in, the city must know—To look good is great, but there is no greatness in falling sick. Hey! Just get out of the thin-skin charm and try to make the best of what you have and be calm!

So, arise, awake, but don’t be thinspired.

First Published: Apr 25, 2006 00:47 IST