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Gisele: Not Quite the Authority on Anorexia

Gisele's statements on the causes of anorexia are making quite the stir.

Apparently she believes that the modeling industry is not to blame for the rise in anorexia, but the parents of the models are. Of course Gisele is basing her opinion on her own experience as she did not have to deal with an eating disorder because (in her opinion) she had good family support. While experts are not discounting that family support is obviously important in any situation, there is no scientific evidence that families straight-up cause anorexia nervosa. Researchers are actually finding that anorexia is not just simply wanting to be slim to achieve some fashionable slender ideal. Furthermore, the data shows that anorexia has a strong genetic component that may be the root cause of this illness.

Experts say:

"An uninformed opinion such as Bundchen's causes harm on a number of levels. By contributing to the stigma, it drives sufferers underground and creates obstacles to seeking help. It damages attempts at advocacy and hurts parents who are desperately fighting for their child's recovery."

Looks like Gisele may want to take her foot, while it may be a very polished and high paid foot, out of her mouth.


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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
she has no right to say anything..
blondeskyline blondeskyline 10 years
I agree with her, on some levels. People with healthy family lives are more likely to have higher self-esteem and self-worth, and are less likely to suffer from mental/physical diseases such as anorexia, depression, etc. And anyway, Gisele looks like that because she works to look like that. She exercises to stay in shape and eats right. It is not "effortless."
NNPW NNPW 10 years
it's a mix of both. plus she doesn't really know how that sort of thing is becasue shes never had to work for her body, shes naturally. I can't believe she said that
ChanelLover ChanelLover 10 years
Oops sorry everyone posted that twice by accident...
ChanelLover ChanelLover 10 years
It's easy to say things when you have an amazing body like she does... effortlessly might I add. The family may be a contributing factor, but it is not the cause in most cases in my opinion. I have to agree that placing the blame on the family is ridiculous. I know from experience my eating issues had nothing to do with my family because for one thing I'm an only child and another my parents are very supportive. The media definitely contributes though... but it isn't the only cause. Like an above comment it's a complex eating disorder.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
nitwit and dumb @ss all rolled into one.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
her comments were definitely unwarranted, but jeez, she is so beautiful!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Ture, but, I have heard parents say to their children "You don't want to be fat like that person" so, I imagine that doesn't exactly help teach the child proper image. I'm all in.
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
Gisele's placing the blame on families who child has anorexia is rediculous (and sad). Anorexia is a complex disorder and has many contributing factors. I had eating issues as a teen and my two siblings did not experience them at all, so it doesn't make sense to blame my parents. Young women are bombarded with images from all media sources of thin sexy women that appear flawless. When what you see in the mirror does not match what you see in magazines you start to wonder if something is wrong with you. I'm not saying media is 100% to blame for eating disordes, but I don't think there can be a doubt that it contributes to the problem.
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