I just witnessed a horrific cyberbully attack – again. When did it become so socially acceptable to be such trashbags of society? When did we stop having compassion for our fellow human beings and start criticizing everything about them without a second thought?

 

In this particular attack, a person - who cannot be more than 17-years-old by looking at her picture - was verbally assaulting an eating disorder survivor because she was “too big” to ever be considered anorexic in the first place. Not only did she attack this girl, she then proceeded to sic her childish pack of hounds on the girl as well as they all began to message and taunt her.

 

What. The. Actual. Fuck.

 

First of all, how dare you.

 

I’ll start my rant focused on the medical aspect of this issue. Anorexia Nervosa is not a joke. It is not a disorder that fits neatly into a one-size-fits-all bag. I am sick and tired of mindless individuals who know nothing other than what they've learned from the University of Google pretending like they have valid medical degrees. Stop it. I'm looking at you, Becca. Yes, you. 

 

If a person is proud to be out of recovery and trying to embrace their body, good for them! Not only did they find the help they needed, but they made it out of recovery in attempts to lead a normal life on their own. Furthermore, a person with an eating disorder does not necessarily look like Skeletor. Yes, some individuals get down to deathly low weights, but that is not always the case. They can also gain weight during recovery or even relapse into old habits once they leave. Either way, everyone has a story and no one knows it just by looking at their appearance. However, this toilet of a human thought it was appropriate to drag this poor girl through the mud because she didn’t fit the mental image that comes to mind when a person thinks “anorexic” and that isn’t okay. In addition, calling anyone that even claims to struggle with an eating disorder fat is just uncalled for. So fuck you and your rudeness.  

 

Following the initial attack accusing her of faking and being too large to have ever been anorexic (even though this girl has a KILLER body, I might add), she then started an entire thread asking people to harass the "faker" and to pick apart her appearance. Why? Because she apparently had nothing better to do on a Saturday night. Seriously, go see a movie. Chase some Pokemon around town. Stop being mean! Go be a productive member of society!

 

Back on subject, I am pretty sure a child does not have a medical degree and, therefore, does not understand all things eating disorder. Her verbal assault ripped the survivor to shreds in an attempts to “call her out” on being a faker just looking for attention. Having known the survivor, I sadly know this wasn’t the case and that she has struggled for years, but that is her story to tell. Just know that she is a beautiful individual on the inside and out that did not deserve this attack in any way, shape, or form.

 

Secondly, asking a posse of shitbags to further pursue someone is just as despicable as the initial attack. Cyberbullying is not a joke. Flooding a person’s inbox with hate and cruelty is not only malicious but is borderline harassment. That is like ganging up on a kid on the playground because you want to tell him you don’t like his shirt. Leave him alone! If he’s not hurting you, go play with rocks or something! Why is it so hard to just go away and live your life?

 

Cyberbullying is an increasingly popular problem as social media and technology makes advancements. This story is just one of thousands that happens every single day. If you thought everyone that was anorexic had to look like a skeleton, get yourself informed just so you can have some new knowlege in that lovely cranium of yours. If you haven’t watched the movie Cyberbully (2011), do it. It isn’t the best movie in the world, but it is a visual example of the harsh realities of what frequent cyberbullying can do. Next time you want to harass someone online, try to remember not to be a fucktrumpet. What was that thing your kindergarten teacher taught you? Oh yea, be nice.

 

  • Over 80% of teens use a cell phone frequently, making it the most popular type of technology and a common medium for cyber bullying.
  • Approximately half of young people have experienced some form of cyber bullying, and 10 to 20% experience it regularly.
  • 13% of teens who use social media (12-17) say they have had an experience on a social network that made them feel nervous about going to school the next day.
  • Anorexia has the highest fatality rate of any mental illness
  • Anorexia is diagnosed in part by extreme, self-imposed dietary restrictions, an overpowering fear of weight gain, a self-image that relies on weight and body size, infrequent or absent menstrual periods in females, and losing a significant percentage of one’s normal weight (note: “normal”, there is no weight requirement for a diagnosis).

 

For more information about cyberbullying: http://www.meganmeierfoundation.org/statistics.html

For more information about anorexia: https://www.futuresofpalmbeach.com/eating-disorder-treatment/anorexia-treatment/facts-statistics/

 

*Model: Reilly Clark