Viral TikTok sound featuring the voice of Bella Hadid is slammed for 'triggering eating disorders'

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A viral TikTok trend featuring the voice of Bella Hadid is being slammed for ‘triggering eating disorders’ – after people began using it to post videos highlighting the things that they do to stay skinny.

The audio, which features the model, 26, saying, ‘My name, my name is Bella Hadid,’ has been used in more than 50,000 videos across the app.

People are using the sound to lightheartedly showcase stuff that they have done recently that made them feel like models – like ordering fries without salt, adding extra lettuce to their burrito bowls, choosing a salad for dinner, and cutting back on sweets.

But when users started posting videos that showed them joking about not eating at all, skipping meals, and starving themselves, some people felt it was taken too far.

A viral TikTok sound featuring the voice of Bella Hadid is being slammed for'triggering eating disorders' - after people began using it to post videos highlighting things they do to stay skinny

A viral TikTok sound featuring the voice of Bella Hadid is being slammed for ‘triggering eating disorders’ – after people began using it to post videos highlighting things they do to stay skinny

People are using the audio, which features the model, 26, saying,'My name, my name is Bella Hadid,' to showcase stuff that they have done recently that made them feel like models

People are using the audio, which features the model, 26, saying, ‘My name, my name is Bella Hadid,’ to showcase stuff that they have done recently that made them feel like models

But when users started posing videos that showed them joking about not eating at all, skipping meals, and starving themselves, some people felt it was taken too far

But when users started posing videos that showed them joking about not eating at all, skipping meals, and starving themselves, some people felt it was taken too far

‘Me after only chewing gum for breakfast,’ wrote one TikToker, as he mouthed along to the quote from Bella.

'Me after only chewing gum for breakfast,' wrote one TikToker, as he mouthed along to the quote from Bella

‘Me after only chewing gum for breakfast,’ wrote one TikToker, as he mouthed along to the quote from Bella

‘Me after losing my appetite the past three weeks from sadness,’ said someone else in another video.

A third person’s TikTok read, ‘Me when I don’t eat in the morning before school.’

Another video featured a woman showcasing her physique as the Bella sound played in the background.

‘When you go through a breakup and lose the will to eat,’ she wrote. 

Other TikToks said, ‘Me when I only eat air for breakfast,’ ‘Me after not eating anything the whole day,’ ‘Me when I sleep until 4pm so I miss breakfast and lunch,’ and, ‘Me after surviving off nothing but a bottle of water and a piece of gum for seven hours at school.’ 

And while many of the videos were posted in jest, that didn’t stop numerous people from bashing the trend and pointing out the potential dangers that it could bring for people with an eating disorder.

‘Me watching the videos under this sound that all slightly trigger my ED,’ wrote one TikToker, named Victoria Paris, in a video of her own, which showed her starring at the camera with a horrified look on her face.

'Me after losing my appetite the past three weeks from sadness,' said someone else in another video

‘Me after losing my appetite the past three weeks from sadness,’ said someone else in another video

Another video featured a woman showcasing her physique as the Bella sound played in the background.'When you go through a breakup and lose the will to eat,' she wrote

Another video featured a woman showcasing her physique as the Bella sound played in the background. ‘When you go through a breakup and lose the will to eat,’ she wrote

Other TikToks said,'Me after not eating anything the whole day,' and,'Me after surviving off nothing but a bottle of water and a piece of gum for seven hours at school'

Other TikToks said,'Me after not eating anything the whole day,' and,'Me after surviving off nothing but a bottle of water and a piece of gum for seven hours at school'

Other TikToks said, ‘Me after not eating anything the whole day,’ and, ‘Me after surviving off nothing but a bottle of water and a piece of gum for seven hours at school’

Many people who agreed with Victoria’s sentiment took to the comment section to share their dismay, with one person writing, ‘More than slightly.’

‘Me trying to laugh as if I’m not going to think about it for the rest of the day,’ commented another user.

‘Same, it’s so triggering,’ agreed someone else, while another TikToker added, ‘I’m so glad I’m not alone when I see these vids.’

‘No for real, they be giving me ideas,’ admitted a different person.

‘Hate this trend. I hate how they low-key make fun of her and trigger people at the same time… Why can’t they turn it into something positive?’ asked another commenter.

Someone else said: ‘Yeah it’s not funny at all and people are making jokes, glamorizing disordered [eating] habits, undereating, and praising Bella when she’s at a very unhealthy weight.’

Back in March, Bella detailed her own personal struggles with body image to Vogue magazine, and revealed that she developed anorexia during high school.

The 26-year-old said she had been prescribed extended-release Adderall for her inattention, as doctors believed she had suffered with ADHD, but Bella claimed the appetite-​suppressant effect of the medication kickstarted an eating disorder.

She recalled: ‘I was on this calorie-counting app, which was like the devil to me. I’d pack my little lunch with my three raspberries, my celery stick.

While many have participated in the trend, others are bashing it for'glamorizing' disordered eating, and one TikToker wrote in a video that it even'triggered' her eating disorder

While many have participated in the trend, others are bashing it for ‘glamorizing’ disordered eating, and one TikToker wrote in a video that it even ‘triggered’ her eating disorder

Many people who agreed with Victoria's sentiment took to the comment section to share their dismay, with one person writing,'People are normalizing the behavior, it's so sad'

Many people who agreed with Victoria’s sentiment took to the comment section to share their dismay, with one person writing, ‘People are normalizing the behavior, it’s so sad’

‘I was just trying, I realize now, to feel in control of myself when I felt so out of control of everything else.’

While Bella said she now has a healthy relationship with food, she admitted that she still struggles with dysmorphic feelings.

‘I can barely look in the mirror to this day because of that period in my life,’ she revealed.

During the interview, Bella also explained how she felt ‘ugly’ and ‘uncool’ in comparison to elder sister, Gigi Hadid, while growing up.

Bella went on to note that criticism of her looks from the public made her feel as though she wasn’t worthy of being deemed a supermodel. 

She explained: ‘I’ve had this impostor syndrome where people made me feel like I didn’t deserve any of this. 

‘People always have something to say, but what I have to say is, I’ve always been misunderstood in my industry and by the people around me.

‘I was the uglier sister. I was the brunette. I wasn’t as cool as Gigi, not as outgoing. That’s really what people said about me. And unfortunately when you get told things so many times, you do just believe it. 

‘I always ask myself, how did a girl with incredible insecurities, anxiety, depression, body-image issues, eating issues, who hates to be touched, who has intense social anxiety – what was I doing getting into this business? But over the years I became a good actress. 

‘I put on a very smiley face, or a very strong face. I always felt like I had something to prove.

Bella, now 25, opened up about getting the procedure during an interview with Vogue , and she admitted that she regretted going under the knife. She is pictured at age 25

Back in March, Bella detailed her own personal struggles with body image to Vogue magazine, and revealed that she developed anorexia during high school 

While Bella said she now has a healthy relationship with food, she admitted that she still struggles with dysmorphic feelings. She is seen as a child with her sister, Gigi Hadid

While Bella said she now has a healthy relationship with food, she admitted that she still struggles with dysmorphic feelings. She is seen as a child with her sister, Gigi Hadid 

‘People can say anything about how I look, about how I talk, about how I act. But in seven years I never missed a job, canceled a job, was late to a job. No one can ever say that I don’t work my… off.’ 

She also told the outlet that she previously had to seek professional help for depression – checking herself into a treatment facility for two weeks.

She went on to state that the fashion industry can ‘make or break you’ and she has to work hard to ensure she’s not neglecting her mental health.

‘To have to wake up every morning with this brain – it’s not cute,’ she shared. ‘So now everything that I do in my personal life is literally to make sure that my mental state stays above water. 

‘Fashion can make you or break you. And if it makes you, you have to make a conscious effort every day for it not to break you. There’s always a bit of grief in love.

‘For three years while I was working, I would wake up every morning hysterical, in tears, alone.

‘I wouldn’t show anybody that. I would go to work, cry at lunch in my little greenroom, finish my day, go to whatever random little hotel I was in for the night, cry again, wake up in the morning, and do the same thing.

‘For so long, I didn’t know what I was crying about. I always felt so lucky, and that would get me even more down on myself. There were people online saying, “You live this amazing life.”

‘So then how can I complain? I always felt that I didn’t have the right to complain, which meant that I didn’t have the right to get help, which was my first problem.’ 

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