• Mon, Oct 4 2010

Marie Claire vs. The World: The Fight Against ‘The Hunger Diaries’ Article

Six health bloggers were targeted as setting possible dangerous eating and exercising routines for their readers and themselves in the latest issue of Marie Claire. The article, “The Hunger Diaries,” has sparked a fire among the bloggers’ followings and they are now attacking the magazine on their Facebook page saying that the author, health writer Katie Drummond, was biased and the article lacked factual evidence of the bloggers actually having or inadvertently causing eating disorders. Rather than supporting Marie Claire or joining in on the fight, we’re just going to let the story unfold for you via our favorite of the Facebook comments thus far.

Tiffany: Absolutely appalled by Katie Drummond’s hit piece on healthy living bloggers appearing in the November issue. As someone who’s been reading all six of those blogs for over 2 years and a freelance journalist myself, I was utterly disgusted by how blatantly obvious her lack of research was. Had she actually read Caitlyn Boyle’s book, even skimmed it, and read the blogs for anything more than the quotes and anecdotes she wanted, she could not possibly have come to those conclusions. Eating disorders are horrible and yes, there are bloggers out there who I’m sure are very triggering, but to hold up those six girls and the Healthy Living Summit as contributors to the ED problem is reprehensible. I will not be purchasing your magazine again.

Meghan: I’m not familiar with the other 5 members of the big 6, but Jenna Weber’s last three blog posts were about a dinner party, making apple pie, making meatballs, and making squash (in no particular order). Really, Marie Claire? It seems that to you, we’re damned if we do, damned if we don’t. If we read blogs that encourage cooking/enjoying healthy food and being active, we’re “orthorexic”. I’m sorry, perhaps I should pick up your August issue for the “Summer Plan to Eat Your Way Skinny” or go on a 3 day vegetable cleanse to lose the last 5 pounds (per your website). Thanks for the tips. I was wavering on whether to continue to purchase issues or subscribe, but this article just answered my questions. Dislike.

Ashley: though i understand and appreciate the root issue ms. drummond was trying to bring to light in her article “the hunger diaries,” i do feel the approach was wrong. quotes from the bloggers were taken out of context. posts were, again, taken out of context and not read/reported in full. as a healthy living blogger myself, i echo the other comments on this page — marie claire should have taken the extra time to investigate these claims more closely and read the blogs in question.

perhaps MC is attempting to take some of the heat off the magazine industry for — you guessed it — perpetuating the self-image crisis? i mean, c’mon! “hair, skin, weight, sex, mood — the beauty issue” … the fingers have been pointed at magazines for years for setting the bar too high, airbrushing models, etc., etc., etc. Trying to place the blame elsewhere is not only hypocritical, it’s just plain ridiculous!

Devon: Thank you for publishing “The Hunger Diaries”. I agree with Katie Drummond and for that reason, I’ve quit my blog.

Laura: I’ve been a longtime Marie Claire reader and “The Hunger Diaries” makes me seriously reconsider. Now that I know that you publish articles that are completely one-sided and biased, I am rethinking everything I’ve ever learned from Marie Claire – how do I know past articles weren’t completely biased as well? I am especially disappointed in how the author chose to pick quotes from bloggers without providing the whole story behind them and portraying them in a completely negative light. I also really dislike how the author chose to focus on one person who’s been negatively impacted by blogs rather than the millions who have been positively impacted. Reading blogs has led me to make healthier and more interesting life choices, whether it be by influencing me to try new forms of exercise or cooking new recipes. I am most certainly more healthy for reading blogs like Healthy Tipping Point and Eat Live Run and reading “The Hunger Diaries” just made me even more passionate about health blogs.

Andrea: I believe Marie Claire needs to make a very public apology to the so-called “Big 6″ and the rest of the blogging community. Way to piss off an entire community of social media savvy women!

Erinn: I might be one of the only people to say this, but although the “Hunger Diaries” article could perhaps use more research, I think it raises concerns about what women are taking as FACTUAL for their diets and health. With a growing concern in our nation over obesity and lack of exercise, some people may take it to the extreme. The women bloggers discussed are not medical professionals and don’t really know what is “healthy” besides reading information from articles online, reading books, magazines, or from other blogs. Thanks for bringing it to the forefront!

Morgan: Here’s an article pitch for you Marie Claire:

Personal Accountability
How to navigate blogs and do health research that will will work for you (the reader)

Who said that people can’t blog about their hobbies?

Like I said on my blog, I put the responsibility on each and every reader to decide what information is best for them to take. Why attack popular bloggers?

Kate: I think a lot of bloggers & blog readers would of been surprisingly moved by a piece that examined both sides of the healthy living spectrum. I dont deny that we have room for improvement as a community, but sadly “The Hunger Diaries” has caused outrage instead of positive action.

Marie Claire (They can’t quit updating their Facebook page!): Does your significant other announce his orgasms? Tell us his climax rituals! Is This How All Men Orgasm?

Allison: the august 2010 edition featured an article called “eat your way skinny.” NOT eat your way healthy, or how to develop healthy eating habits. how is any of this better than what those 6 women are doing? they are at least REAL and dont feature gimmicks or trends in their healthy journeys. pathetic

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