An alarming petition has gone viral today after fans of popular vlogger Eugenia Cooney were concerned that the teen was promoting eating disorders.
The Internet star, with almost 900k subscribers, is known for her ‘emo look’ – but fans can’t look away from her tiny frame.
Her worrying appearance prompted one fan to start a petition on Change.org with the intention of asking YouTube to remove the star until she seeks help. The petition had received at least 18k signatures before it was taken down.
“Eugenia Cooney has a serious medical condition and needs to seek help,” the description read.
“She has not been getting better since the day she started YouTube, she’s getting more and more sick each day.
“And it’s honestly like she does this bodily harm to herself and shows young girls, such as her viewers on social media that it is ‘okay’, to be suffering from a medical condition such as Anorexia-Nervosa.
“She may not be intentionally influencing her viewers, but showing more than 50% of her body in her videos and pictures are not helping girls with Anorexia or any eating disorder.” (sic)
Eugenia, 22, responded to the petition on Twitter – saying she wasn’t trying to do ‘anything wrong’. Her Twitter account has been deleted.
Eugenia has not commented on her health, nor has YouTube on whether they’ll go ahead with the petition’s request.
Eating disorders are serious. If you need help or know someone who does, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or The Butterfly Foundation on 1800 33 4673.