But one particularly stupid costume has been a consistent over the past several years: The "Sexy Anna Rexia" costume that consists of a dress with a skeleton painted on it. It's, of course, meant to symbolize anorexia, a devastating illness that can lead to death if not treated.
The costume led 26-year-old Jessi Davin to write a blog post about it. "Want to dress as ‘Anna Rexia’?" she wrote a couple of years ago on her blog. "Just go as a vampire, or a zombie. Because 1/3 of us are dead."
Davin knows the effects of anorexia all too well. She was hospitalized for four years because of the eating disorder — and she almost died. In the post, Davin highlights all the "great" things Anna Rexia brings.
"A nasogastric feeding-tube because you’ve starved yourself so much that your body doesn’t recognize food as a good thing and tries to attack itself," she wrote. "Re-Feeding Syndrome, which can kill you. Emotional struggles for years. A father crying and pleading on his knees begging for you to get help. A mother who cries every time she sees you because you look and SMELL like death. Holidays missed, birthdays crying in a hospital. Almost every major organ in your body failing."
And that's not all.
"A shower chair — because you can’t stand in the shower because you’re too weak and the warm water could make you pass out," she continued. "A wheelchair, because you are too weak to walk and it could make you go into cardiac arrest. A lifetime of medications for anxiety and the health issues."
Davin added that she's lost many friends to the disease, but she's managed to thrive since her original post with a recent marriage and now a pregnancy.
"I think costumes like ['Anna Rexia'] really show how much we as a society have to learn about mental illness and the way it affects the people around us," she told BuzzFeed of what inspired her to write. "People need to know that if you suffer from an eating disorder — you aren’t a joke."
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