EastEnders star Hetti Bywater “horrified” that teens with eating disorders see her as a role model

17 year old Hetti Bywater – who of course plays troubled teen Lucy Beale in EastEnders – is reportedly “horrified” that teenagers with eating disorders see her as a role model.

Hetti is of course a very slim young lady, and according to The Sun, on forums dedicated to unhealthy approaches to weight loss, Hetti is seen as “thinspiration”.

The paper quotes one teenager on forum anaprincess as saying, “I think the new Lucy is great thinspo, I love her skinny legs especially!”

Another wrote, “I love her arms and backbones! Her legs are skinny but I’d prefer slightly smaller.”

In response to the news that teens who have eating disorders were idolizing Hetti’s thin frame, a spokeswoman for the actress said, “Hetti is horrified her image is used this way…”

The term “thinspiration” is, as above, often referred to as “thinspo” while ‘Ana’ and ‘Mia’ refer to anorexia and bulimia.

Medpage reports that around 80% of the so-called pro-Ana or pro-Mia sites are also interactive and “encourage users to post their own photos, artwork, and comments.”

The website adds…

One site, for example, touts that an eating disorder “is a gift” and you cannot decide to have an eating disorder. So if you are looking for a way to lose weight … move on, try Jenny Craig.

Doctor Rebecka Peebles said of such sites, “There are some [sites] that are quite blatant that they’re trying to promote eating disorders as a lifestyle.

“Those aren’t the most common, but they do occur for sure.”

To find out more about, and get help with, eating disorders, click here to go to Teen Help.

 

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