BEACON TRANSCRIPT – While we worry about how much weight we’ll gain this Christmas, the fashion industry weeps as the trend of skinny models is passing away.
We’ve all seen fashion models. Either on TV while they were on the catwalk presenting the latest collection of some big name of the fashion industry, either in magazines, doing the same thing, except not on the catwalk but at a photo shooting.
Besides their clothes and their pretty faces, there was definitely something else that caught our attention which was their bodies and how skinny they looked. Skinny is probably the best word to describe most fashion models. This is because they have long passed the slim figure and you can basically see the shape of their bones through their almost translucent skin.
These too skinny models have been a subject for debate for many years now. The main reason is that people fear they are promoting an unhealthy lifestyle and an abnormal image of how a woman should look. This promotion of image can mostly affect teenage girls who are insecure about their bodies and seek guidance on how they should look, or eat.
Although there are skinny models who do have a healthy lifestyle there are many others who starve themselves and soon after become sick from malnutrition which can even give the heart attacks.
Two scientists have decided to take a stand and published an article on the issue in the ‘American Journal of Public Health’. According to the research they’ve done, the average body mass index of an international model is under 16, which by the standard of the World Health Organization it is a number that indicates starvation.
Since many you women believe fashion models are ideals of beauty, they try to copy them. This may increase the risk of anorexia. Data shows that this disease causes more deaths than any other mental illness.
The scientists proposed that worker protection standards should be created and implemented for the fashion industry, just as it is done in any other potentially dangerous industry. Many diseases or disorders are linked to people’s occupations, such as coal miners being more likely to develop lung disease. The same goes for the fashion industry – models are more likely to have eating disorders. The solution would be to prohibit companies and agents to hire models who have a body mass index lower than 18.
France has already passed a law which sets the lower limit for a model’s weight. Hopefully, this will also happen in the U.S. soon enough.
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