My sister Kim has sent me a voicemail barring me from any further contact with her children. “You wanna starve yourself to death? Fine. Just don’t convince them to do it.” Belle, the thirteen-year-old, had viewed the ana lifestyle with that “yeahhh, right” attitude that teenagers have toward everything. However, five-year-old Jasmine had taken me more seriously; she’d reacted with genuine alarm upon hearing that excessive weight can kill you or, worse, make you not fit into your favorite clothes. Perhaps she’ll encounter more thinspiration on the Internet. I know I’ll sound like an old hippie here, but we can’t change society without the younger generation’s help.
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