Fashion and Eating Disorders: How much Responsibility does Industry have? | Fashion and Eating Disorders: How much Responsibility does Industry have? |

 “You need to fit into in order to feel beautiful”, nearly 70% of girls said magazine images influence their ideals of a perfect body. In so-called “pro-anorexia” forums, posters write about fashion shows and combing magazines for “thinspiration”.

Fashion shows, all of those thin models and clothing that look best on size zero- What that does is set a standard of what is socially desirable and prestigious that is likely to have a powerful influence on social norms.

People’s exposure to thin models could also play role in developing eating disorders full-blown eating disorders.

If a woman has a predisposition for an eating disorder and spends a lot of time looking at fashion magazines, this can be one of the factors that triggers feeling about her body. Because particular types of comparisons end up making women feel worse about themselves, their own esteem and their own body image.

A recent poll in the U.S found that tv and magazines made 32% of women feel pressure to be thin, 29% to have a perfect body and 29% to lose weight. Even though fashion designers insist the fashion industry bears no responsibility for it.

Dr. Adrienne Key argued: “Anorexia is the most famous eating disorder among fashion models; Bulimia is probably the most common.” And a study made by the “Model Heath Inquiry” indicates that as many as 40% of models may currently be suffering from some kind of eating disorder. This blames models to be the cause of eating disorders in society.

I personally agree even though eating disorders are everywhere; they are not just in the fashion Industry but the focus on fashion implies that the Illnesses are primarily caused by the desire to look like a model.

Now, there are different changes. In NY, the council of Fashion designers of America announced new guidelines for designers, aimed at keeping models healthy. And while they’re not mandatory, the rules ask designers to identify models with eating disorder and to have nutritious food backstage.

More designers are taking more responsibility, and Fashion Industry is starting to promote a healthier look, and actually they’re not hiring any longer super-thin models.

“If one day we had a Fashion show where there were size plus models, I suspect that would be very influential too.”