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Thousands Demand Ban On Vlogger Because She's Too Thin (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani

Thousands of people worldwide are demanding YouTube ban a New York-based video blogger, claiming she is promoting anorexia.

Almost 10,000 people signed a Change.org petition, which has since been removed, urging YouTube to temporarily ban 22-year-old Eugenia Cooney, the Daily Mail reports.

Petitioners also demanded Cooney, who vlogs about makeup, hair and wardrobe advice, to seek medical help.

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"'My little cousin lost 17lbs because she wanted to look like Eugenia," wrote one person who signed the petition. "She is now receiving care. She is only 12-years-old."

Cooney does not explicitly promote eating disorders. But many complain she is unintentionally negatively influencing her online following of 1 million.

"She may not be intentionally influencing her viewers but showing 50 percent of her body in videos and pictures are not helping girls with anorexia," said administrator Lynn Cloud, who adds even Cooney's mother admitted her daughter often refuses to eat food.

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"This petition is NOT to dismay her, insult her, nor belittle her," she adds. "This is for her to get help, and for her young teenage audience to not be exposed to such conditions."

But some are so angered by the woman's appearance, they have resorted to mocking her body in protest.

"Look at those legs," wrote one YouTube user. "I've seen cripples in wheelchairs with thicker legs than those."

Others are more concerned about Cooney's wellbeing.

"She should be banned, for her own safety," one user wrote on the Daily Mail. "Her social media followers and their feedback are clearly a negative influence on her and are reinforcing the control her disease has over her. I saw her posts years ago and was horrified at how thin she is, and she has only gotten worse. Ban her and remove the positive reinforcement and enablement she receives and maybe she will get better."

Cooney's body sparked so much controversy, she was asked to appear on daytime TV chat show "Dr. Phil" to discuss her weight -- an offer she declined.

The vlogger says those seeking to ban and criticize her are acting unfairly, adding that she is just naturally thin.

"I'm really sorry to the people who want me banned off YouTube, I'm really not trying to do anything wrong," the woman wrote on her Twitter.

"I just don't really think it's right to try to get people banned off YouTube unless they've done something really bad," she wrote in a second tweet.

"I've never tried to do that and just so you guys know if you don't like me that's totally fine and I'm not trying to force anyone to watch," she said.

Sources: Daily Mail, Change.org, Eugenia Cooney/YouTube Eugenia/CooneyTwitter / Photo credit: Change.org, YouTube/Eugenia Cooney via Daily Mail 

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