America's Next Top Model: Eating Disorder

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Long slender legs, slim figure and size zero hips , that stunning runway model on America’s Next Top Model is the motivation for staying in shape. Appallingly, this motivation is the primary cause of life threatening eating disorders in our young women today. According to a research, 95 % of those suffering from eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25, the primary audience of Fashion modeling television shows. 70% of girls from grades 5 to 12 say magazine images of fashion models influence their ideals of perfect body. Fashion Modeling Industry has been the most influential source in our young women’s lives. Young girls and young women are seen eating as little as they can, even starving themselves at times to stay fit. Susan …show more content…
The two leading eating disorders are Anorexia and Bulimia. Pro-Ana, Pro-Mia, and Pro-ED are websites that invigorate our young girls to stay as thin as possible. One popular example would be “Thinspiration”, girls put up pictures of their thin bodies to inspire others to stay thin like them. These websites are a direct influence of the exposure to unhealthy, skinny models the fashion modeling industry is showing them. The modeling industry is supporting the idea of Pro-Ana and Pro-Mia by hiring underaged models who are unhealthily skinny. Two of Marc Jacob’s models who walked in his show were under the age of sixteen. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) released its new guidelines for models to prevent the development of eating disorders and shows concerns about young teenagers under the age of sixteen who walk down th runway. One of the horrifying results of the misleading fashion modeling industry would be the touching stories of the young models themselves who had become anorexic to perpetuate a body that is attractive to the modeling world. Bethany Wallace, a teenage cover girl model who appeared to have the world at her feet, died recently of anorexia and bulimia which she developed at the age of 16. Even the models that are already appreciated in the fashion modeling world