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Anna Wintour Says the US Pays More Attention to Anorexia Than Obesity

Does the US Pay More Attention to Obesity or Anorexia?

We refer to obesity as an epidemic and talk about anorexia as an eating disorder, but both illustrate our extreme relationships with food. Disordered eating is a regular topic in Lifetime movies and TV talk shows, and there are occasionally real-life documentaries of young women battling anorexia. When a fashion model suffers from an eating disorder, we hear about it in the news.

Obesity has been making news headlines for the past decade or so, with a heavy hand coming down on fast-food restaurants. Obese individuals have made their stories public with several reality TV shows, and there's a push for parents to take responsibility for teaching their kids' healthy-eating habits.

In a recent interview, Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour surmised her thoughts on eating issues in the US.

I'd just been on a trip to Minnesota, where I can only kindly describe most of the people I saw as little houses. There's such an epidemic of obesity in the United States, and for some reason, everybody focuses on anorexia.

Ironically, Minnesota is one of the healthiest states in the nation. Do you agree with Anna's comment about everyone focusing on anorexia?

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dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
Its very very important for people to understand that it's not food that's the problem here. It's our lifestyle. Eating habits and dieting is attacking a problem from the outside in. Like trying to cure cancer by using a skin cream, when what you need is internal medicine. They way we work more hours here, and less vacation than anyone else in the world. The way our cities are laid out, that we can't walk to our grocery stores or to our friends. How we can't ride our bikes to the town centers and jump on highways to get a can of coke. Food and anorexia obsessions and stomach crunchers and diet books. No one will ever find answers in that. Not ever. Go to Holland sometime and watch women ride 5 miles home on a bike with two grocery bags and ask yourself if she diets.
missavogue missavogue 7 years
IF you listen to what she said, she was trying to make a point that people should be HEALTHY, not anorexic. In the fashion industry, anorexia is a very big deal. Anna has been through what happened in Milan a few years ago when models below a certain weight were banned from the runways. Things like that is what she is basing what she said on. In fashion, anorexia is brought up more than obesity. She runs a FASHION magazine.And, in her defense (which I guess this whole comment is, because I do completely agree with her), she was asked to explain her vision on an image that ran in Vogue of an obese woman. Her concern was drawing attention to obesity as a disease, and not to insult anyone who is overweight. She actually called the image beautiful.
missavogue missavogue 7 years
IF you listen to what she said, she was trying to make a point that people should be HEALTHY, not anorexic. In the fashion industry, anorexia is a very big deal. Anna has been through what happened in Milan a few years ago when models below a certain weight were banned from the runways. Things like that is what she is basing what she said on. In fashion, anorexia is brought up more than obesity. She runs a FASHION magazine. And, in her defense (which I guess this whole comment is, because I do completely agree with her), she was asked to explain her vision on an image that ran in Vogue of an obese woman. Her concern was drawing attention to obesity as a disease, and not to insult anyone who is overweight. She actually called the image beautiful.
chloevios chloevios 7 years
i guess anorexia. just look at hollywood celebs. most of them are superr skinny. anorexic for some. it's their trend. haha
blondie829 blondie829 7 years
Anna Wintour just made me not want to buy Vogue ever again. Stupid a$$...ugh
syako syako 7 years
I agree that adding "overweight" in the category is misleading in terms of describing an "obesity epidemic"
syako syako 7 years
I agree that adding "overweight" in the category is misleading in terms of describing an "obesity epidemic"
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
I don't think that the obesity epidemic is about those extra ten pounds some of us carry around from that extra glass of wine or piece of cake though.
Shebelle Shebelle 7 years
That is not quite true. Studies have recently shown that active, overweight people are healthier than sedate people who have and "ideal" weight. But of course, the diet industry - which is one of the biggest industries in the US - wouldn't want you to know that.There have been many, many studies recently which support that. I am not saying that it's ok to eat unhealthy and not work out but it IS ok to weight a few pounds too much if you lead a healthy lifestyle.
Shebelle Shebelle 7 years
That is not quite true. Studies have recently shown that active, overweight people are healthier than sedate people who have and "ideal" weight. But of course, the diet industry - which is one of the biggest industries in the US - wouldn't want you to know that. There have been many, many studies recently which support that. I am not saying that it's ok to eat unhealthy and not work out but it IS ok to weight a few pounds too much if you lead a healthy lifestyle.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 7 years
I said 70% (and that's a higher estimate, I think the real number is 65-68%) because I was referring to OVERWEIGHT not obese.It's not okay to be simply "overweight but not obese". 34% "obese" is horrific. I can't believe it's gotten this bad here.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 7 years
I said 70% (and that's a higher estimate, I think the real number is 65-68%) because I was referring to OVERWEIGHT not obese. It's not okay to be simply "overweight but not obese". 34% "obese" is horrific. I can't believe it's gotten this bad here.
syako syako 7 years
Oh and I agree, one third of the pop should never be "only" :)
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
oic!
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
oic!
syako syako 7 years
I said "only" because someone else had said 70 percent.
misskacie misskacie 7 years
Oh Anna, Anna, Anna. I enjoy your magazine (well, MOST of the time), but kindly shut your mouth. You are clearly completely detached from the real world.Shebelle, my experiences line up 100% with yours. Right on.
misskacie misskacie 7 years
Oh Anna, Anna, Anna. I enjoy your magazine (well, MOST of the time), but kindly shut your mouth. You are clearly completely detached from the real world. Shebelle, my experiences line up 100% with yours. Right on.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
Syako, I personally wouldn't say "only" 34% of people are obese. from Wintour's POV I'm sure she gets way more flak for skinny models than she does for putting more 'realistically' sized women in the magazine. I think that when it comes to obesity/anorexia, part of it is that we so often reassure ourselves (accurately or not) that a "real" woman has curves and muscle. It would be interesting if instead of "obesity" we talked about, say "Binge Eating Disorder" which is more aptly compared to anorexia than just general obesity. I have mixed feelings about it. I don't think Wintour is totally wrong. But on the other hand, who gives a wonk what she thinks: 98% of us are too hideous to be in her magazine.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
Syako, I personally wouldn't say "only" 34% of people are obese. from Wintour's POV I'm sure she gets way more flak for skinny models than she does for putting more 'realistically' sized women in the magazine. I think that when it comes to obesity/anorexia, part of it is that we so often reassure ourselves (accurately or not) that a "real" woman has curves and muscle.It would be interesting if instead of "obesity" we talked about, say "Binge Eating Disorder" which is more aptly compared to anorexia than just general obesity. I have mixed feelings about it. I don't think Wintour is totally wrong. But on the other hand, who gives a wonk what she thinks: 98% of us are too hideous to be in her magazine.
Lilybeth84 Lilybeth84 7 years
Shebelle, I totally agree with you. The amount of time, money, and obsession about weight here is a major problem. When I was in Europe I saw many people who were the same size as me and not many who were bigger or smaller. I felt "normal" and relaxed. Here in the States, I am constantly focusing on my size and how there are others who look better in a bikini than me. If only we could stop obsessing about a few pounds here or there, we would all be better off. I am not talking about those suffering from obesity. This is still a major issue. But perhaps, all this obsession with weight has been a small part of the problem of why people get obese to begin with.
Lilybeth84 Lilybeth84 7 years
Shebelle, I totally agree with you. The amount of time, money, and obsession about weight here is a major problem. When I was in Europe I saw many people who were the same size as me and not many who were bigger or smaller. I felt "normal" and relaxed. Here in the States, I am constantly focusing on my size and how there are others who look better in a bikini than me. If only we could stop obsessing about a few pounds here or there, we would all be better off. I am not talking about those suffering from obesity. This is still a major issue. But perhaps, all this obsession with weight has been a small part of the problem of why people get obese to begin with.
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