Online retail giant Amazon is experiencing a ton of backlash over a “disgusting and shameful” sweatshirt.
The hooded sweatshirt, sold by Amazon vendor ArturoBuch, reads “Anorexia: Like Bulimia, except with self control.” The description of the fit of the garment says it “runs small,” and it’s selling for $ 23.48-$ 29.78.
About 90% of the hoodie’s reviews on the site are single-starred, negative responses to its message. The sweatshirt also garnered a reaction from the National Eating Disorders Association CEO, Claire Mysko.
“Jokes about eating disorders are dangerous and cliché. This hoodie propagates the myth that eating disorders are trivial and mere issues of willpower or self-control,” Mysko said in a statement. “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.”
Amazon declined to comment on the sale of the sweatshirt.
An Amazon reviewer, Bethany, said the item was “disgusting and shameful (for) making a profit on an illness! This item should be removed!”
Another customer, commenting under the name Book Fairy, agreed. “This type of message damages the lives of the most susceptible members of our society,” the poster wrote. “Making a profit by marketing eating disorders is pure evil.”
According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, one person dies as a direct result of an eating disorder every 62 minutes. An estimated 30 million Americans are believed to suffer from at least one.
Many who have dealt with eating disorders in their lives took to social media to air their outrage over the hoodie.