Anthropometry and Kinanthropometry
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Why the war on photoshopping is a distraction

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Earlier this year, Israel announced it would have a blanket ban on the use of models whose BMIs fell below 18.5. It resembles similar approaches that have been instituted elsewhere; Milan Fashion Week bans the use of models with a BMI less than 18.5 while the Madrid Fashion Show won’t use models whose BMIs are less than 18. Moves like this are generally applauded within the wider community - the 2006 death of Uruguayan model Luisel Ramos, reportedly from anorexia-linked heart failure, placed the industry under a giant magnifying glass. Fashion moguls and magazines are corporations like any other, and no one wants to claim responsibility for encouraging a young woman to literally starve herself to death.


But even leaving aside the unreliability of BMI testing as a measure of health, what’s really being achieved here other than a bait-and-switch?

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Anthropometry and Kinanthropometry
The scientific study of body measurements
Curated by Peter Mellow