There’s a lot of garbage for sale on the internet (remember labia glue?), but this sweatshirt might take the cake. The “Anorexia Styling Hoody for Women” currently listed on Amazon (sold by the company ArturoBuch) is very much real and very much still in stock on the mega retailer’s website.
The navy hoodie reads “Anorexia (an-uh-rek-see-uh) Like Bulimia, except with self control.” Whether or not you know someone who’s been affected by the disease, it’s impossible not to see the insensitivity and inappropriateness of this messaging.
According to findings published in Eating Disorders and Obesity in 2002, anorexia has the highest mortality rate out of any other psychiatric diseases, and approximately 10 per cent of those with anorexia will die within 10 years of the disease first manifesting. It shouldn’t take staggering stats like this to prove that this sweater is offensive on so many levels, but it certainly paints a morbid and very real picture. Anorexia isn’t just choosing to skip a meal here and there, this is an illness that takes lives.
Currently, there are over 170 reviews of the sweater (everyone has rated it one star–there’s no option to rate zero stars, unfortunately), and users are leaving scathing remarks.
“This type of message damages the lives of the most susceptible members of our society. Making a profit by marketing eating disorders is pure evil,” writes Amazon user Book Fairy.
Another user, Katie|Anne|Phil, echos that sentiment:
“This is offensive and glorifies a mental illness that is very real, and has the highest death rate of any mental illness. Anorexia isn’t a choice, and it has nothing to do with self control. When you have anorexia, you have zero control. The anorexia dictates what you do, where you go, how you feel, what you think about, your personality, your relationships – your entire life. No one who understands the first thing about anorexia would want it or wish it on their worst enemy. Selling this is completely irresponsible. Please take this horrible listing down now”
Interestingly, most users, when writing their negative review, are marking their sweater size as X-Large. (The product details also irritatingly listed the sweater as “running small.”)
People have been reacting on Twitter, too, urging Amazon to remove the problematic piece of clothing.
— Tina McGuff (@TinaMcGuff) October 3, 2017
That hoodie getting sold on @amazon is NOT in the slightest bit funny. Anorexia/Bulimia is NOT a joking matter. Mental Health IS NOT funny 😠
— Christine Spencer (@chris165281) October 3, 2017
Amazon hoodie supposed to be funny? Guess I had a humour by-pass during my 25yrs of anorexia (binge/purge type..) #VictoriaLIVE
— Mel (@RuftyRoo) October 3, 2017
It’d be good if nobody would buy this trash, it’d be even better if Amazon took it down.