09/07/2012 12:40 pm ET

The #NYFW Diet Spreads Disordered Eating On Twitter -- Surprises No One

OK everyone. I have some shocking, shocking news for you. The fashion industry is obsessed with thinness! Call in the eating disorder police, because THIS IS BRAND NEW INFORMATION. CNN is reporting from the dangerous, rice-cake laden sidelines of New York Fashion Week and they want you to know that the twice-yearly event is “the culmination of months of planning, organizing, schmoozing … and dieting?” Yes, dieting. Disordered eating in fashion isn’t news, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a problem, one that’s spread from models to others in the fashion industry and now, to Twitter.

Search #NYFW and the word “diet” right now on the social media site and you’ll find lots of tweets linking back to the CNN article mentioned above. But if you go back a bit further, you’ll find women tweeting about their actual diets. Just yesterday, fashion stylist Elizabeth Tran tweeted “So my one-cube-of-cheese-every-hour diet starts tomorrow. Well, I think it will…#lesigh #NYFW“ Let’s not forget this shockingly sad picture tweeted out almost a month ago by PR rep Keisha McCotry. Yep, you read that right: a bowl of broccoli and a glass of water is her dinner. She told CNN she began her fashion week diet in July, and that, “Perception is reality in this industry, and unfortunately, you have to look the look to get the clients.”

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