Please sign the petition to remove Pro ED products!
My response to Phillip Rooke at spreadshirt.com
Dear Mr. Rooke,
While Ioana Urma’s art installations are backed by a positive mission statement, “The idea was born out of a serious concern with the publicized woman’s body – our social obsession with thin ideals – that falls nowhere close to average or, for the majority of the population, healthy,” when her slogans appear on T-shirts, they are without context and are open to misinterpretation. While the artist is aware of the pressures that exist on society, she is unaware of the effect that her T-shirts have on those that are suffering from eating disorders. Eating disorders are mental illnesses that may affect as many as 30,000,000 people in the United States, and claim on average twenty three deaths a day. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses; up to 20% die.
Why are you not willing to take responsibility as a company for products that potentially cause psychological harm to a large group of people? As a survivor of a more than seventeen year battle with bulimia and anorexia, I can attest to the major harm that provocative messages can cause. Not only are such messages insensitive, they are a mischaracterization of eating disorders, fueling the stigmatization of a mental illness that is irresponsibly glamorized and downplayed in its severity. I worked as a fashion model for many years and developed anorexia nervosa as a direct result of the social pressures placed upon me from my environment, but eating disorders affect people from all backgrounds, economic standings, sizes, shapes, and races. To understand how these messages are received by someone with an eating disorder, I encourage you watch this TEDx Columbus talk by Laura Hill: “Eating Disorders from the Inside Out.”
Writer, Speaker, Mental Health Advocate