This week Lady Gaga shocked fans and media when she posted photos, clad in just undergarments, with “Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15..But today I join the BODY REVOLUTION. To Inspire Bravery” as the caption. For the past few weeks Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has been under scrutiny because of the 25 pounds she’s gained. Numerous outlets referred to her as being “chubby” and out of shape. Even though when you look at her, neither of those apply to her.
Lady Gaga fans, who she refers to as her “Little Monsters”, took to her website in support of her admission and now have vowed to take part in her Body Revolution. Her site is filled with stories of eating disorder struggles from fans young and old. “I have to say coming on here and seeing all of the Body Revolution pictures you Monsters are posting has honestly made me tear up. You guys DEFINE BRAVERY,” said one commenter, echoing thousands of other supporters.
According to Healthyplace:
Bulimia nervosa is statistically more common than anorexia nervosa, but anorexia can lead to bulimia and in rare cases bulimia can lead to anorexia. Bulimia statistics include:
- The lifetime prevalence of bulimia nervosa among women is 1%-3%
- Lifetime prevalence among men is 0.1%
In creating a haven for her fans to discuss their own battles, Lady Gaga is allowing them to have an outlet without feeling ashamed. As a person that has never been a fan of her music, I am a fan of her honesty and rawness. This week in a post, titled Bravery, she expressed sentiments of loving yourself for who you are, no matter what society says.
Seeing you post photos of things on your bodies and in your minds that you feel society tells you you should be ashamed of. You are showing them you have no shame. You are brave, strong, and accepting not only of yourself, but of others through your experiences. You are proud to be born this way, and brave in your vulnerability with this community. Watching you all create a safe space online for people to be compassionate is the greatest gift you could ever give me. My weight/loss/gain since i was child has tormented me. No amount of help has ever healed my pain about it. But YOU have.