Limitations on BMI Model Bodies

1084 WordsJul 17, 20185 Pages
How many men do you see ogling over the ultra skinny models on a Vogue magazine? They aren’t, most men are ogling over the centerfold of a Playboy magazine. So why do young girls and women all over the world struggle psychologically and physically to look like those models? And what effect does this have on our society? Should the use of models with a low Body Mass Index (BMI) be banned from fashion, media, and print? I will answer all of these questions and more, to support my view on why there should be changes placed on the limitations of BMI’s on fashion models and how these changes will promote healthier body images in women. First off, let’s look at why people do not support limitations being set on BMI for models. Most…show more content…
(UMN-Duluth) It is no surprise, that females Self-esteem is low, creating Body Dysmorphic Disorder, a pathological preoccupation with an imagined or slight physical defect of one's body to the point of causing significant stress or behavioral impairment in several areas. These psychological disorders lead to physical eating disorders such as, Anorexia Nervosa, characterized by a fear of weight gain which leads to faulty eating patterns, malnutrition, and excessive weight loss, and Bulimia Nervosa, characterized by binge eating and purging, or by an attempt to rid oneself of the food, by taking a laxative, diuretic, or stimulant, and/or excessive exercise, which have been and continue to be on the rise amongst females. These disorders are also common amongst fashion models, it is estimated that nearly 40% are currently struggling with an eating disorder. (Nordqvist) So what types of changes has the fashion industry made to positively impact and promote higher self-esteem and better body images within females? In January 2007, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), formed a health initiative to address what has become a global fashion issue: the overwhelming concern about whether some models are unhealthily thin, and whether or not to impose restrictions in such cases.
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