Anorexia is a disease, people who suffer from it need help.
That said any healthy adult (mind-wise) that's unable to sift the benign from the informative and who are influenced by societal pressure are waived from sympathy.
Edited by: KJFITNESSDUDE at: 3/4/2014 (04:50)
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3/3/14 1:50 P
There is a wonderful book called Holy Anorexia. I think it's still in print. It's a study of holy women (some saints included) who said that prayer alone sustained them. They claimed that they didn't need food or water because of their faith in God. Some were convinced that starving themselves brought them closer to God. They had no idea how close.
I think the breatharians you encounter in the media are all liars and just want the attention. Or they're downright insane. Or both.
3/3/14 11:56 A
lol, since people will die without food or water..anyone with half a brain knows this is a crock.
Part of me wants to say that there are too many stupid people on this planet taking up valuable resources, and it really would be no great loss to the rest of humanity if something happened to them....
But then that would make me sound like a cold, heartless B!tch, right?
3/3/14 11:46 A
I agree.... total crock of crap. The sad thing is that there are actually people who will see that on the internet and believe it. I'd add as well (IMO).... looking at her photo.... whatever it is, that she really IS doing... she ought to get some psychological help to quit doing that.
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7,111 3/3/14 11:35 A
She's lying, pure and simple. Ask the victims in the concentration camps during World War II how that diet worked out for them.
It's not new even under this name; there have been "breatharians" since at least the early 1980s. Most of them are pretty crazy, to the point where they sincerely believe things like that only eating hamburgers and drinking Diet Coke is exactly the same as not eating or drinking anything. One of the main leaders claims that she never eats or drinks, except that she eats mouthfuls of food just to enjoy the taste. Since she doesn't intend to get energy from it, just enjoyment, that means her energy is coming from sun and air because she says it is.
There was a similar fad/cult in the early 1800s where little girls were encouraged by their parents not to eat so they could be "living saints." Some of them died and became dead saints, which their parents considered almost as good. And if you ever think today's society is sick compared to the past... In some cases, once the publicity about a girl started, publicists or newspaper editors would lock her up to prove that someone had been sneaking food to her (or to prove that no one had been sneaking food to her, depending on the bias they were promoting,) and they would actually let her die rather than stop short of absolute proof.
Call me cold, but I find it hard to care about this Barbie woman. I have very limited patience with attention-seekers. In my experience, when someone makes a point of showing off their self-destructive behavior and basically waves their hands in front of your face and says, "Look at me! I'm going to starve myself to death!", the best thing to do is shrug and say, "So?" It pretty much guarantees they'll be on their way to Pizza Hut within the hour.
Let me say that this is very different from anorexia or depression. I do have sympathy for people with those conditions; they are actual medical crises. But people who are really suffering from them try to avoid attracting attention; they certainly don't go on TV to make sure EVERYONE knows what they're doing.
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25,366 3/3/14 12:41 A
I remember a program on our TV a few years ago related to this. Some of those who CLAIMED to be practitioners of this 'diet' were found to have food in their houses. When challenged, one went a about 3 days but the Dr pulled the plug because she was showing strong signs of her body starting to shut down. She CLAIMED it was because of the bad air around and she needed clean air.
Some of the others who claimed to not need to eat or drink died.
It is really sad that a person can convince themselves and/or attempt to convince others that this is a feasible action. It is an action with deadly consequences.
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103,538 3/2/14 11:49 P
Nope as this is what our society encourages!
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11,583 3/2/14 11:44 P
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1,460 3/2/14 9:38 P
Oh dear. Just sad and awful. Saying a prayer for that girl.
3/2/14 9:22 P
That is scary just to think about.
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59 3/2/14 8:36 P
I was watching the video on AOL about the 23 yr old model that has transformed into looking exactly like a Barbie Doll, along with the unrealistic features. She claims she hasn't eaten in weeks, doesn't feel hungry, and that food and water are NOT neccessary, her claim is a person CAN live on air and sun alone. Really!? I hope this does Not influence all the young women wanting to lose weight, this is a mental form of anorxia and suicide-Oh Please! Don't bury her in a casket that looks like a cardboard Barbie Box! I hope someone intervenes in her young life to help her instead of encouraging her to be another" internet sensation". Any one else watch this? Your opinion?
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