In our society, image is everything. We strive for what is considered to be the “ideal appearance”. For the modern generation, fashion is uppermost. For some girls our ambition is to become “size zero”. We want or need to show we are following the latest fashion trends. However, recent news reports indicate that size zero models are obsessed with their size that they become anorexic
? In our society, image is everything. We strive for what is considered to be the “ideal appearance”. For the modern generation, fashion is uppermost. For some girls our ambition is to become “size zero”. We want or need to show we are following the latest fashion trends. However, recent news reports indicate that size zero models are obsessed with their size that they become anorexic. Being fascinated by the fashion industry myself, it is important to explore the question: “Why should or should not size zero models be allowed to walk on the catwalk?”

? Size zero models should not be allowed on the catwalk. They are a bad influence on teenage girls who ape or desire to look like these size zero “role” models. Young girls who attempt a “zero” do not develop as they should. They are more likely to have severe health concerns later on in life. They are less likely to work and will need a great deal of health care assistance, the tax payer’s will end up bearing the financial strain as they will have to pay more taxes because these girls will require nhs when they start to get health problems.

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? A further argument that we frequently encounter, is that size zero puts pressure on young women who are overweight. By comparing themselves to “zeros” young women only achieve low self-esteem. They are made to think they are unattractive. They go through the stress of unsafe cosmetic surgeries such as tummy tucks, to appear like fashion icons. Celebrity nutritionist Dr Adam Carey says that, “I think the current vogue is macabre. I think it is obscene and it is very unhealthy.”

? It is also argued that many girls who are wanting to become models in the future, put themselves through a lot of anxiety to be emaciated and slim, so they get accepted in the fashion industry. These girls attempt to try to be lean by starving themselves which can result in eating disorders.

? Study leader Dr Lynda Boothroyd, from the University of Durham, said: “This really gives us some food for thought about the power of exposure to super-slim bodies.”There is evidence that being constantly surrounded through the media by celebrities and models who are very thin contributes to girls and women having an unhealthy attitude to their bodies.

? “Although we don’t yet know whether brief exposure to pictures of larger women will change women’s attitudes in the long-term, our findings certainly indicate that showing more ‘normal’ models could potentially reduce women’s obsession for thinness.”

? There is a problem with the term “plus size.” The average woman in America is the size 12-14 which is considered the size of a “plus size” model. That size is considered Average Size. Therefore, the models should be called average size models. They should be just a part of the collective of all models. They should be free to be the size they are naturally, not be forced to gain or loose weight, because a designer or agency wants them to, they should be defined by their attitude and their overall look, not their size or weight. Women should be free to feel beautiful in their own skin. Weight does not define who a person is or how beautiful they are and all women of all shapes and sizes are beautiful. A model of larger weight should not be subjected to the title of being known as a “plus size” model.

? -Eating disorders are a grave problem. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 0.5% to 3.7% of women will suffer from anorexia in their lifetime; 1.1% to 4.2% for bulimia and 2% to 5% for binge eating disorder. Anorexia exacts the highest death rate of any mental illness, a rate 12 times higher than deaths from all other causes for women age 15 to 24.

? -In August 2006, 22-year-old Uruguayan model Luisel Ramos died after starving herself. She had tried to live on nothing but Diet Coke and lettuce leaves for three months. Six months later, her sister Eliana Ramos, 18, was found dead in her bedroom. She, too, had worked as a model and her death is also linked to malnutrition and anorexia

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