Friday, April 24, 2009

Dying to be Thin: Her ribs and pelvic bones were protuding

What does dreamacttexas have to do with a thin Miss Universe contestant?  Lots.  The more Americanized our female DREAMers become, the more at risk they are to think they need to be extremely thin to be o.k.  It is one of the sad aspects of American culture.  Either we are overweight or we are paranoid about being overweight.

I just came back from Argentina.  This past year I have spent a lot of time there.  I have found that being "too thin" is what some people say is "an Argie thing."  So is plastic surgery.  Sounds like Orange County to me.  I wonder why Argentina  (maybe I should narrow it to Buenos Aires) is so obsessed...  could it be related to being a Spanish Colony that is identified as "European."  -- I would say that could cause some confusion and perhaps some insecurity.  Why else would people cut themselves up so easily and/or starve themselves?
London Independent/Reuters -  Friday, 24 April 2009

Stephanie Naumoska was well under the World Health Organisation's benchmark for malnutrition
Australia's Miss Universe competition found itself under scrutiny yesterday as doctors and dieticians questioned the inclusion of a finalist they claimed was severely underweight.

Dietician Melanie McGrice told Australia's Daily Mail that at 180cm and weighing just 49kg, 19-year-old Stephanie Naumoska was well under the World Health Organisation's benchmark for malnutrition.

"I would certainly want to be doing an assessment of her diet to make sure she doesn't have some type of eating disorder," she said.

The controversy surfaced after images of Naumoska parading in a bikini during the swimsuit competition showed her ribs and pelvic bones protruding.

McGrice told the Herald Sun there appeared to be "significant muscle wasting" on Naumoska's upper arm and legs... link to complete article

see "Australia's Miss Universe contestant Stephanie Naumoska 'too thin'," London Guardian, April 24, 2009

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