Parents, journalists and eating disorder charities have all had a real go at Kate Moss in the past week for quoting a pro-anorexia slogan as her own personal motto. In an online interview she told readers that
nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.
Apparently pro-anorexia websites have this phrase as one of their 10 commandments. The Guardian covered this story on Saturday and one former anorexia sufferer revealed that she never left the house without this slogan written in a notebook or on her hand. She confessed that as a teenager she adopted the phrase as a mantra to help diminish the ‘terrible hunger I felt inside.’
Kate Moss is an icon for teenage girls, a celebrity with huge influence so it’s not surprising that the knives came out pretty quickly to devour her for this foolish and irresponsible statement. She deserves to be held to account for leading young people astray with these lies. 20% of anorexia cases in the UK end in death (according to Susan Ringwood, CEO for eating disorder charity BEAT.) Eating disorders wreak havoc in young lives and whole families are deeply impacted by the consequences. I found these statements from one former anorexic really insightful.
I was ferociously hungry, not just for the food I was avoiding, but for love, learning and adventure – all the good things in life that felt out of my reach. Like most anorexics, my eating disorder was not a girlish fad or a diet gone wrong but a private, violent strategy for exerting control on the body when life felt beyond my control…. I soon discovered that skinny tastes of nothing at all. Living with an eating disorder is a bland, cold, joyless experience.
All teenagers all are ‘ferociously hungry’ and have a huge appetite for … LOVE. They have wrongly been taught that the less space they take up on this earth then the more valuable or worthy of love they will be. Only through Jesus will this hunger for love be filled. Jesus says “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
These words are familiar from the mouth of God because in the Old Testament (through the prophet Isaiah) God says to His people
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labour on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
Maybe Kate Moss will realise one day that she has believed and preached a lie. In the meantime I would appreciate it it if she would consider the consequences of her words a little more carefully.