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Miss San Antonio Stripped of her Title for Gaining Weight


Seventeen-year-old Domonique Ramirez had her sparkling beauty pageant tiara yanked off her pretty little head for gaining weight. A perfect example of how teen eating disorders are triggered and how ironic this comes to light during eating disorder awareness week.

Domonique Ramirez

Domonique is a pretty seventeen-year-old girl who is being accused of being insubordinate, chronically late and over weight! This young woman is not just going to sit back and let the San Antonio beauty pageant organization and those affiliated with it drag her through the mud she is suing. On the counts of insubordinate and chronically late she is not at fault at the age of seventeen she is still a minor and the law requires chaperones and drivers so if no one showed up at her door to pick her up who’s fault is that certainly not hers.

While a specific amount of weight gain has not been stated, it is hard to imagine she gained a significant amount of weight at her age and with a teenager’s energy and activity level. Therefore, she is being punished for eating.

Eating Disorder Awareness

Dominique said in a statement that she had been working very hard and made changes to her lifestyle and exercising to fit into the clothes they wanted her to wear and they still told her she was a failure. This should ring a lot of bells for people with eating disorders and the many people who try to help them overcome the eating disorders. This situation is a disgusting example of how teenage girls fall into an eating disorder trap. She will be lucky if their comments have not already triggered an eating disorder not to mention having to live with this experience.



Beauty Queen stripped of title for gaining weight

Prepare to be Aware!
February 20-26th is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, when I hear a story like this one about the beauty queen losing her title, it is clear that one week of eating disorders awareness is not enough. One of the underlying problem of beauty pageants is that it reinforces the one dimensional way our society judges women and sets impossible goals for most people to attain and maintain. I'm sure that most people watching the pageants don't think about the frequency of eating disorders among contestants, or viewers that emulate the contestants.
In January we had Healthy Weight Awareness Week.
People in the Healthy At Every Size (HAES sm) community: nutritionists, researchers, physicians, fat activists, and specialists in eating disorders joined together to spread the word that people of all sizes, shapes, and weights could be healthy. Because of my insatiable appetite for awareness,I ingested article after article. I learned a great deal. What I gleaned most, however, from my voracious binge reading, was that one of the unhealthiest things about obsessing over ones' weight is hating oneself because of what one weighs. The deaths associated with anorexia frequently make the news and the news is greeted with an up-swelling of temporary awareness of the dangers of eating disorders and the pressures of society on young women to be thin. But then it fades away and people resort to their fascination with fad diets and watching the Biggest Loser, forgetting that for some people that are suffering,
Every Day is Eating Disorder Awareness Day.