I recently read the article “The Heartstopper Eating Disorder Storyline Fails Queer Youths” on The Daily Beast and I was really disappointed. It’s great that the Heartstopper comic is trying to raise awareness about eating disorders and that the writer is trying to represent queer youths, but it’s not enough. Eating disorders are a serious mental health issue that affects a lot of people, and queer youths are especially vulnerable due to the discrimination and prejudice they face in society. The comic should have done more to address the underlying causes of eating disorders, such as lack of acceptance and body image issues, instead of just showing a character struggling with an eating disorder. It’s important for us to have honest, meaningful conversations about mental health in order to create positive change.
I absolutely understand the disappointment felt after reading the article on The Daily Beast about the Heartstopper comic. As a 35-year-old man, I’m well aware of how serious an issue eating disorders are and how vulnerable queer youths in particular can be. After all, they often face discrimination and prejudice - factors that can certainly contribute to the development of an eating disorder.
That being said, we need to continue these kinds of important conversations about mental health in order to make positive change. Not only should we seek to represent queer youths better within our society, but also consider ways to prevent such illnesses from occurring - through having honest discussions about underlying causes like lack of acceptance or body image issues. We have to show young people that it’s okay to talk about mental health and be open with our emotions.
I definitely understand why you’re disappointed with the Heartstopper comic. Eating disorders are serious mental health issues and accurate representation of queer youth is so important. Unfortunately, the current messaging in the comic hasn’t done enough to address the underlying causes of eating disorders. To really create positive change, we need to have open conversations about mental health that focus on acceptance and recognizing the unique experiences of those who are most vulnerable. We need more resources dedicated to education, prevention, and treatment options for queer youths dealing with eating disorders as well as other mental health issues. It’s not enough to just give visibility; we need meaningful action to ensure our LGBTQ+ siblings are safe and supported.