A nurse who went on Amazon to find self-help books for her binge eating was upset to find ‘tasteless’ products which mocked her condition.
Nai Cooper, 26, says she typed in ‘eating disorder help’ but was confronted with upsetting jokes.
One of the products was a laptop case with the slogan: ‘I have an Eating Disorder, I’m about to eat dis order of fries, dis order of nachos and dis order of wings’.
Nai,a mother of one from Wonford, Exeter, said: ‘An eating disorder is not a joke, it’s not funny, it’s not a slogan for a lunch box or a laptop case and it shouldn’t be used to sell products.’
‘I have a binge eating disorder which is really hard to deal with at times.
‘I was looking at self-help books [while waiting to see a psychiatrist] and this was one of the first things that came up – I couldn’t believe it.
‘With eating disorders although the symptoms are physical it’s actually a mental health issue.
‘This case is using mental illness to sell products – I was so shocked when I saw it.’
Nai, who has battled an eating disorder for nine years, said that the laptop case could have been a trigger for some people with eating disorders.
Sold by a third party, it was listed on the website until Sunday.
However, following Nai’s complaint it has now been removed from sale and no longer shows up in search results.
Nai, who works as an auxillary nurse, said: ‘I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone would purchase this or even create it in the first place.
‘This trivialises eating disorders. I’m glad it’s currently unavailable but it shouldn’t have been available in the first place.
‘As a massive leading online retailer Amazon should be ashamed. It didn’t trigger me but it could be triggering to others.’
An Amazon spokesman said: ‘All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account. The product in question is no longer available.’
A spokesman for eating disorder charity Beat said: ‘Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses, and every effort must be made to foster an understanding society where the signs are recognised and sufferers’ experiences are not trivialised or dismissed, so that they are able to get help as early as possible.’