Petition to have Dreamgirl Costumes Discontinue "Anna Rexia" Costume
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Dear Dreamgirl Halloween Costumes,
I am writing to respectfully ask you to stop selling the "Anna Rexia" costume for Halloween. Your description states that "You can never be too rich or too thin." However, this is incorrect because you CAN be too thin. You can be so thin that your organs stop functioning, your skin loses color, you cannot walk. You can be so thin that you must be hospitalized. You can be so thin that you suffer from cardiac arrhythmia, cognitive impairment, osteoporosis, or infertility.
You can be so thin that you die. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, upwards of 20%.
As someone who has seen the effects of eating disorders I can testify that it is not something to be desired or fantasized about. It is something that will affect someone for the rest of their lives, not to mention their friends and family.
Our society’s emphasis on appearance and idealization of thinness promotes dangerous dieting behaviors and blinds us to people suffering and in need of treatment. By selling this costume you are romanticizing a disease that 30 million people suffer from, 90% of which are adolescent young women, the group that this costume targets.
Again, I respectfully ask that you discontinue this costume.
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