How far is too farA subject that always arouses strong feelings on both sides is whether we, as society should allow the media to portray size zero models in a positive way. Size zero is the equivalent to a UK size four and is often referred to in the debate surrounding extreme thinness.
In this essay I am going to discuss the two main illnesses affecting size zero models and show how the fashion industry could be the catalyst to these illnesses becoming more popular in youths. In my opinion I am against size zero models as it promotes an unhealthy body image for young girls and women in particular to copy. The media is constantly putting them under pressure to look like the images portrayed in fashion which is making these life threatening illnesses more and more popular. Is it really that fashionable to be so skinny your ribs stick outThe main disorder that is most known to affect size zero models is named Anorexia Nervosa however there are two different types to this illness. The first is the restricting type where weight loss is achieved by restricting calories. Sufferers follow drastic diets, go on fasts, and exercise to excess.
Whereas the purging type is when anorexics get rid of calories they have consumed by vomiting or by using laxatives and diuretics. This is commonly known as Bulimia. People suffering from anorexia often hide their condition, so the warning signs are not always easy to spot. Furthermore, anorexics will try to explain away their disordered eating behaviours when confronted. But as anorexia progresses, the signs and symptoms become increasingly obvious and difficult to deny. Despite this, some fashion industries and designers are still choosing size zero models over a curvy model as they think it advertises their clothing range in a better way.Anorexia Nervosa affects the whole body.
Over time, if anorexia continues unchecked, the health problems only get worse. The disease causes hair loss, infertility, stunted growth, osteoporosis, heart problems, kidney failure, and death. Other affects of anorexia include tooth decay and gum damage from malnutrition and vomiting, and damage to the oesophagus and larynx from acid reflux. Anorexia can also lead to depression, severe mood swings, and thoughts of suicide.
Regardless of being dangerously underweight, anorexics see a fat person when they look in the mirror. What they don??™t see is the tremendous physical and emotional damage that self-starvation inflicts, so they continue to diet, fast, and over-exercise.Recent research by the Eating Disorders Research Unit at King??™s College London found that constant images of stick-thin, size-zero models, pop stars and actresses is fuelling a rise in eating disorders. Evidence from 25 research studies showed that this effect was strongest in adolescents. It would seem that although this illness can become life threatening, the image of size zero is still looked for in fashion and dismissed as being a ???normal size??™. This encourages adolescents in the modern day society to compare their body image to what they see in the media hence the significant rise in eating disorders within young people. Some fashion shows have now banned size zero models from the catwalk to counter claims that they are bad role models for young people and could be responsible for a rise in eating disorders. The new laws is about protecting the young women and men who work in the fashion industry, as well as those who are at risk of an eating disorder and can be influenced by the pictures that they see.
Italian fashion designers have become the first in the world to ban size zero models from the catwalks. Italy??™s youth minister says, ???The idea is to show the difference between a thin beautiful model and a thin ill model.??™ Not long after, the Madrid ban follows the death of a South American model that collapsed minutes after being applauded on the catwalk. She had denied herself food for two weeks before the show. Organisers of Madrids fashion and Italy??™s fashion week say models with a Body Mass Index below 18.5 are no longer allowed to appear at its fashion shows as it is classed as underweight by the World Health Organisation. Above all, British model Kate Moss who has appeared on over fifty magazine covers and appeared in many advertising campaigns also being voted Sexiest Women award is seen as being one of the most successful models in Britain. However she is most commonly quoted for telling reports, ???Nothing can taste as good as skinny feels??™.
Pro-anorexia websites, (websites which encourage people to stop eating and lose weight) is said to use these types of quotes as they reinforce to themselves and each other to pursue thinness. In conclusion, this essay has summed up how fashion industries have a large impact on youths which I, as well as others aspire to and admire. It is shown that the media has affected youths and could possibly be the reason why Anorexia Nervosa is becoming more common. However, there are notably more counties banning size zero models to promote their products after realizing the harm brought to their body to achieve this size. Bibliography http://helpguide.orghttp://www.independence.co.uk http://wikipedia.orghttp://www.limelife.com