Just the other day, kevo produced an interesting set of figures detailing the body mass index of each individual idol. A quick glance suggests that pretty much all the girls are underweight, but that should not come as much of a surprise considering their line of work. However, only one person stands out for being classified as severely underweight according to the BMI. That's right.
So how often does Chihaya eat in a day anyway? Almost every scene that involved the other idols eating had Chihaya either turning down food, skipping out entirely,Β just standing around, or doing something else to avoid eating.
Cases in point:
Notice how Chihaya is standing in the background, carrying an empty plate by herself? Notice how clean the plate is despite the fact that she is using a fork? Clearly she is only pretending to eat. Why go through all that trouble, when she could have just wallowed in the corner as always, you ask? See how Chihaya is standing on the outer circle of the group but is still close enough to make it look as though she is a part of the conversation? Her directionless gaze and forced smile? She just wants to belong. Yet no one wants to speak to her other than her best friend forever
>turning down free dessert
For the record, Chihaya, despite her suffering, comes from a middle class family, so she is not financially restricted in any way. In other words, she is easily able to afford food, yet she chooses meal replacements instead. It brings to question as to whether or not she has an actual fear of putting on weight, or if she has some misguided and misinformed notion that she is somehow increasing her lung capacity by shrinking the size of her stomach. This does not sound too far-fetched, as Chihaya is unable to do anything other than sing.
So is she just outright fasting or does she also have a self-induced regurgitation ritual as well? Being Chihaya is suffering, but just how much of this is self-inflicted suffering? In conclusion, there is every evidence to suggest that Chihaya is displaying symptoms of being an anorexic and bulimic, which in turn has contributed to her depression. Poor Chihaya, I feel so bad for her I wish I could stop picking on her