Since I can remember, terms like Thinspiration and Thinspo have been floating around the web like flies caught in spiderwebs. A term picked up by Pro-ana girls, referring to the promotion of eating disorders and girls with "perfect" bodies. In the eyes of many women, the media can play a bountiful of tricks on our minds with what is "beautiful" and socially acceptable. It's no wonder such a large number of young women suffer from eating disorders. I confess to counting calories on occasion. I do know though, that protein, water and vitamins are vital to my health. I just try to dine in moderation; and stay away from fried and fast foods. MyFitnessPal helps.
If you would like to read more about what a girl's life is like through the eyes of a calorie counter suffering from the gripping battle called anorexia: Laurie Halse Anderson does a wonderful job depicting just that. Read Wintergirls. For a little while, you can see how Lia views the World, and herself. [Teen, Fiction]