Doctors say social media trend Thinspo is a death sentence

Doctors say social media trend called Thinspo is a death sentence

Posted: Updated:
OKLAHOMA -

There is a dangerous and deadly trend on social media called Thinspo, short for thinspiration. Women inspire each other to become dangerously thin by using pictures of emaciated body parts. Doctors say the desire to become that thin will kill women if they don't stop.

23 year old Kaelin Fink began throwing up after eating and limiting her eating when she was just 15 years old. The eating disorder ate away at her body for seven years before she finally hit rock bottom. She says the thinspo trend is taking women down the same destructive path she went down.

"It's a daily struggle. It's always there. It's never gone," said Kaelin. She says there isn't a day that goes by that her mind doesn't try to talk her out of eating.

After years of depriving herself of food, in an effort to gain some sort of control over her body and of her emotions, Kaelin hit her breaking point. Her parents took her to the hospital.

"I was passed out in the waiting room. The nurses came out and got me and my vitals were 30/40," Kaelin said. "It took them hours to get an IV into me because I was so dehydrated. At that point the doctor pulls my parents aside and said if she doesn't go somewhere she's not going to make it."

Kaelin was taken to Laureate Eating Disorder Treatment Center in Tulsa where she spent six months recovering. She says her struggle was an internal one, she didn't use social media. But this thinspo trend that offers encouragement on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr is making it even easier for women to fall into a trap.

"A lot of people together with the same problem is never a good thing," said Kaelin.

"I think a lot of youth are striving to lose weight because they think it will make them happy. In the end it actually does the opposite," said Dr. Amy Middleman, Chief of Adolescent Medicine at OU Medical. She says the mental changes that happen in women who have protruding hip bones and ribs, and thin arms and legs make it impossible for them to ever think they've gone far enough.

"You're actually more likely to have depression, more likely to have anxiety. And so for me it's a very disturbing trend," Dr. Middleman said.

Dr. Middleman says the brain actually shrinks when women become that thin, and it happens with every muscle in the body, even the heart. Many women die of cardiac arrest before ever dying of starvation.

Kaelin says thinspo users have no idea what they're getting themselves into. She has to live with the effects for the rest of her life. She says if you are someone who's struggling with an eating disorder or thinspo you need to seek help. She says you need to learn that no matter how thin you get, it will never make you happy.

"I'm best at this weight. I wasn't at my best 30 pounds lighter than this. I was at my worst," she said.

Right now Dr. Middleman is in the process of starting up an eating disorder center at OU. She hopes to have it up and running by January.

For a list of resources for those struggling with an eating disorder click here.

To see more of Kaelin's story click here.

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Dead ringer: Horseshoe pitching state tournament in Yukon

    Dead ringer: Horseshoe pitching state tournament in Yukon

    Sunday, August 31 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-09-01 03:28:21 GMT
    Mastering the art of horseshoe pitching is a lot more challenging than you make think .It takes precision, coordination, and strength.
    Mastering the art of horseshoe pitching is a lot more challenging than you make think .It takes precision, coordination, and strength.
  • OHP stepping up patrols for holiday

    OHP stepping up patrols for holiday

    Sunday, August 31 2014 11:02 PM EDT2014-09-01 03:02:13 GMT
    It's setting up to be a big travel weekend.AAA predicts 34.7 million people will hit the nation's highways for a trip at least 50 miles or longer. That's the most folks on the road since 2008.Combined with cheaper gas prices and increased consumer spending, it's gearing up to be a good holiday break.But state troopers like Betsy Randolph say they'll be working---watching for problem drivers, after 12 people died during the holiday last year.Randolph says every 30 minutes, someone dies of a dr...
    It's setting up to be a big travel weekend.AAA predicts 34.7 million people will hit the nation's highways for a trip at least 50 miles or longer. That's the most folks on the road since 2008.Combined with cheaper gas prices and increased consumer spending, it's gearing up to be a good holiday break.But state troopers like Betsy Randolph say they'll be working---watching for problem drivers, after 12 people died during the holiday last year.Randolph says every 30 minutes, someone dies of a dr...
  • Local Girl Scouts need 500-800 volunteers

    Local Girl Scouts need 500-800 volunteers

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:57:40 GMT
    Courtesy of MGN Online. Courtesy of MGN Online.
    Girls Scouts of the USA has more than 2 million members nationwide and now the organization is putting out a call to action for more volunteers.
    Girls Scouts of the USA has more than 2 million members nationwide and now the organization is putting out a call to action for more volunteers.
  • More HeadlinesMore>>

  • 600 lbs of ceramic tile falls, kills man

    600 lbs of ceramic tile falls, kills man

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:38 AM EDT2014-09-01 13:38:20 GMT
    Police in Michigan say a customer was killed when up to 600 lbs of ceramic floor tiles fell on top of him in a hardware store.
    Police in Michigan say a customer was killed when up to 600 lbs of ceramic floor tiles fell on top of him in a hardware store.
  • Kraft recalls thousands of cases of cheese product

    Kraft recalls thousands of cases of cheese product

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:22 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:22:39 GMT
    NORTHFIELD, Ill. - Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling 7,691 cases of select varieties of regular Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product.
    NORTHFIELD, Ill. - Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling 7,691 cases of select varieties of regular Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product.
  • Sand collapse kills 9-year-old girl

    Sand collapse kills 9-year-old girl

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:48 AM EDT2014-09-01 09:48:46 GMT
    (CNN) -- When you think of potentially fatal threats at the beach, you probably think of sharks or riptides. You probably don't worry about the sand. But that unexpected killer has now claimed at least three lives in the United States this summer.Nine-year-old Isabel Grace Franks died at a Lincoln City, Oregon, beach on Friday, when a hole she was digging in the sand caved in and buried her, authorities said.
    (CNN) -- When you think of potentially fatal threats at the beach, you probably think of sharks or riptides. You probably don't worry about the sand. But that unexpected killer has now claimed at least three lives in the United States this summer.Nine-year-old Isabel Grace Franks died at a Lincoln City, Oregon, beach on Friday, when a hole she was digging in the sand caved in and buried her, authorities said.
  • FOX25 Slideshows

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
Compiling list...
  • FOX 25 FeaturesMore>>

  • Tell Me Something Good

    Tell Me Something Good

    Tired of all the bad news? Looking for some good news? Tell Me Something Good, does just that! FOX 25's Mike Brooks finds the good in Oklahoma and tells you all about it.
    Tired of all the bad news? Looking for some good news? Tell Me Something Good, does just that! FOX 25's Mike Brooks finds the good in Oklahoma and tells you all about it.
  • Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? FOX 25 Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments, or any groups, are using your money wisely... or wasting it.
    How are your tax dollars being spent? FOX 25 Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments, or any groups, are using your money wisely... or wasting it.
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOKH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.