Praying on the Sick

I read an article in yesterdays Metro “Anorexic Teens sought by Modelling agencies” that shocked and disgusted me…

Doctors at the Stockholm Center for Eating Disorders in Sweden have claimed that modelling agencies have been trying to recruit new talent from the clinic! Anna-Maria af Sandeberg, chief doctor at the clinic, told Metro “They (talent scouts) have been standing around outside our clinic and trying to pick up our girls because they know that they are skinny.” To knowingly recruit girls who are sick is absolutely disgusting and morally wrong. These girls are seriously ill, some patients have a BMI (body mass index, a measurement of a person’s height-to-weight ratio) as low as 14! For an adult, an ideal range is between 18.5 and 24.9 BMI. “It absolutely send the wrong signals when what the girls need is treatment” Anna-Maria said.

I couldn’t agree more! Not only does this send a wrong message to the girls that what they are doing is alright but using these extremely thin and sick girls will only perpetuate this harmful cycle. Young girls who see them will believe that is the image of beauty and begin harming themselves to achieve that “idea”. As shocked and disgusted I was to read this I wasn’t all that surprised. The sad fact is that most models in the in industry start as young as 13/14 and will develop some form of eating disorder and/or an addiction (usually to drugs that will help suppress their appetite, like heroin or cocaine). A good agency should protect their models and have only their best interest in mind, the agency praying on the girls outside the clinic clearly isn’t one of them.

Modeling isn’t as glamorous as everybody believes it to be, a lot of models are exploited and taken advantage of and sadly lots have also died trying to achieve an image that isn’t realistic. This has prompted the Fashion industry to take action to protect these girls and though some progress has been made, this incident clearly shows we still have some work to do.

Bulimia and anorexia is still a huge problem plaguing not only the modeling industry but young girls in general and is on the rise with young boys. These are very serious diseases and those suffering from it need treatment not to be exploited in front of a camera.

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