The statement hoodie which is being sold by third-party seller, ArturoBuch, reads:
“Anorexia (an-uh-rek-see-uh) Like Bulimia, except with self control.”
It had 177 customer reviews and was rated 1.4 out of 5 stars by the time it disappeared from Amazon listings.
One reviewer said that the slogan “is offensive and glorifies a mental illness that is very real.” Another person wrote,
“This is a reprehensible item. It is completely unacceptable to shame those who suffer with life threatening eating disorders. Anorexia is not “self-control” but rather a compulsive behavior and mental illness just like bulimia.”
Other customers slammed the seller and Amazon for making a profit out of an illness.
“This type of message damages the lives of the most susceptible members of our society. Making a profit by marketing eating disorders is pure evil.”
Clair Mysko, CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association, told BuzFeed,
“Stereotypes like this result in increased stigma and are barriers that prevent people from seeking help. Anorexia is not a ‘lifestyle choice,’ it is a mental health disorder with socio-biological influences. We ask that Amazon stand with those affected by these deadly illnesses and remove the sweatshirt from their store.”
It’s not new for Amazon to receive backlash over their offensive product listings. Last year, the e-commerce giant was mocked for selling doormats, phone cases, mouse pads and other products with images of Hindu gods, Jesus Christ and Quran verses. The hashtag #BOYCOTTAMAZON trended, which prompted Amazon to pull out the listing immediately.
As of now, the controversial “Pro-Anorexia hoodie” is still on sale on the site. Amazon is probably waiting for #BOYCOTTAMAZON to trend once again.
Meanwhile, one reviewer from The Eating Disorder Foundation in Denver urges everyone to call Amazon to file a complaint for this item.