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The Effects of Thin Models On Today’s Teenagers

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The Effects of Thin Models on Today's Teenagers The media's obsession with painfully thin fashion models has supposedly contributed to the growth in eating disorders among young girls, according to the British Medical Association. There are an estimated 60,000 people in Britain with eating disorders. 20% of these die, 40% never recover and 90% are female. The report brought out by the association says the models and actresses in the 1990s commonly had body fat levels as low as 10% - the average for a healthy woman is 22% to 26%. Is it because of this that children as young as 5 or 6 are being treated for eating disorders? Women's magazines have been under attack for years, accused of promoting unrealistic body images of exceptionally thin models. Should they be made to have "more realistic body shapes" or are thin models what fashion needs to stay at the top? Editor for Vogue, Alexandra Shuman is for the argument that today's models are not to blame for the many cases of eating disorders among obsessed teenagers. She says that all they are doing is showing images of woman they regard as interesting or beautiful or fashionable, and that they are not actually saying that you have to be like it. Premier, the London-based model agency that represents supermodels Naomi Campell and Claudia Schiffer also agree that the models are not to blame. ...read more.

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It is a fact that the majority of clothes look better on tall, thin women. The clothes hang better. The counter argument is against such thin models We live in a very image conscious society. Young girls previously satisfied with their body shape are going around carrying a thin image they have seen in the media. It is suspected that they begin to compare themselves unfavourably to the images for a variety of reasons. In a thin culture, it is thought that thin equals success, but it can be very difficult for a girl to acknowledge the impact of media images. It is the poor young girls who see these waifs in the magazines that suffer the most to become the unrealistic idols they watch and admire. The images just reflect the illusionary ideals that the world we live in tell us is acceptable. Intelligent women are starting to stand up and say "NO" to the beauty myth. Beauty in being skinny though, is primarily a Western concept. In such places as India, it's the voluptuous, well-rounded women that are desired. In a land of hot spicy curries and kebabs, it's a crime to see some women entertainers and models look like dry, bland sticks. Many believe that woman of all shapes and sizes should be used by the Designers. ...read more.

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I personally believe in the supply and demand idea, where it's the thin models that sell the products, and so the purchasers are as much to blame as the designers and employers of the models. The media I think can make the insecure believe that if women are slim then they can live a fantasy world - they'll get guys, they'll get the riches, and the world will bow to them; they'll be famous. But this isn't true. Being a teenage girl myself, I know every pressure there is put on teenagers and young women for a perfect figure, and I know how these images are degrading. I think the models should have fuller figures, of which Sophie Dahl is a prime example, to prevent skinny, sometimes ill models infecting the young. It is obvious that the viewers should not be so gullible to believe that the images they see are what they have to look like. People really do forget about the feelings of thin people when discussing the subject of eating disorders. Some women are naturally thin but have difficulty putting on weight. As the great social commentator Popeye once said; "I am what I am" People should heed his words and be happy with who they are. He wasn't exactly an oil painting but he always ended up with the girl! Harriet Kemp 9H2 ...read more.

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