Anorexia Nervosa : Changing ideals of beauty, intense insane obsession, or perhaps just a passing fad?

skeleton7During the week of Dec. 3 – 9, 2006, the anorexia-nervosa web page at Fathers for Life had an all-time maximum number of 42,028 visits. During the past week (Mar. 10 – 16, 2013) the number of visits to that page was down to 46. Is it safe to say that the anorexia-nervosa fad is over?

It is not easy to find statistics on absolute numbers of Internet searches that people make for the term “anorexia nervosa”, but Google Trends permits to make comparisons of trends. Let’s consider search trends for two terms that show the popularity of the term “anorexia nervosa” in relation to something else that people search for. Let’s compare anorexia nervosa, motherhood, and fatherhood.

Anorexia Nervosa is a fad

Here are some inconvenient facts, welcomed by anti-feminist activists and mourned by feminists whom young women unabashedly call “dinosaurs”. It is a reality that should give pause to ingrained feminists and their camp followers..

It can be argued that anorexia nervosa no longer interests people very much, so much so that is has lost virtually all public interest. However, if we assume — on the strength of those trend lines — that anorexia nervosa has faded from public view, then fatherhood did so already quite some time ago, and motherhood will be following soon.

Which concerns are taking their place? Do you think that feminism can surpass them all in capturing public interest? That was true in 2004, but feminism, too, is fading from view.

It is interesting that, over the long term, the rise, and fall from grace (or at least the disappearance from the radar of public interest) of anorexia nervosa closely parallel those of the fad of modern feminism. Have a look.

Both are fads, just blinks in the history of civilization, but we have to endure them, pay for them, and we must repair the damages they cause.

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