I was reading an article yesterday that Madrid's Fashion Week has banned models that are too skinny from taking part. To read it see here
Now I feel sorry for the poor girls who thought they'd be modelling at the fashion event, it their careers. I do however think the fashion industry has a bit to own up to. No they don't force young girls and boys to think that skinny is better they just imply it with every single publication, catwalk show and advert. Everywhere you go the false idea that you must be thin to be happy and perfect is posted everywhere, on TV, in magazines, on the side of a bus or tube. Pick up a glossy magazine, the very same issue will tell you how to be thinner whilst doing and expose on eating disorders next to an advert of some thin waif. Mixed messages don't you think? You can't avoid it. There is a billion dollar diet industry because people feel unhappy with themselves. I mean how many people do you know that are happy with how they look (I'm no exception).
I don't think models shouldn't be skinny, its their choice, but I do think that fashion should use some models who aren't super thin. Healthy it seems isn't good enough to cut it. The average women in the UK is a size 12, it not over weight or under weight, but models are either a size 6 or 8 which doesn't reflect the market. This extends beyond fashion it the whole of mass media.
This doesn't apply to just women or exclusively to adults. I was horrified talking to a cousin of mine who was only 12 at the time who turned around and told me no longer ate pizza, I asked him why and his reply was 'I don't want to get fat'. I know kids as young as 9 not eating for the very same reason. Obesity might be on the rise in children, as is type 2 diabetes but this is also an issue and one that is probably going unnoticed by lots of parents cos there aren't any outward signs. There are worse things in the world then being too fat or too thin we need the media to start reflecting real people so that we can all move on.