It’s Fashion Week, which means we get things like this amazing collection by Christian Siriano and another look at the size zero model phenomenon. Apparently, they’re back in style this season. (So much for Whitney’s victory on America’s Next Top Model.)
Spurred on by a spike in reality TV shows promoting extreme dieting, women are once again being encouraged to jettison the pounds and emulate the waif-like proportions of Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham.
An American size zero is … the average measurement of an eight-year-old girl. But a renowned eating disorders expert says that the media’s fascination with stick-thin celebrities and the promotion of extreme dieting can lead to dangerous eating habits and potentially fatal illnesses such as anorexia nervosa…
“As people look at thin models they want to take on that body [image]. But the bottom line is that the models, in risking their own lives by doing this, are through identification encouraging the young girls and other young women to want to do the same.”
And while we’re on the subject, remember Model Maker? The show that seems to encourage eating disorders, whose auditions were sponsored by, of all things, Torrid? It keeps getting worse, as MTV says in defense of its show:
“Women come in all shapes and sizes, but models don’t,” says the MTV statement. “Skinny, no body fat and size zero are the words and phrases associated with models. Chubby, well-fed and big-boned are not.”
As if I wasn’t angry enough already at MTV and at Torrid, it just keeps getting more gross. And if you follow the link to the original article, you’ll see the title of this post is a paraphrase of Janet Dickinson, who on her show wanted her models to “come down with anorexia.” Please, do not let this show anywhere near your television sets, or your daughters. This is so gross.
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