The fashion industry has a long history of underfed, unhealthy, anorexic models. Recently, this ideal image of a woman has been made even more drastic with the magic of Photoshop. Now more then ever girls and women of all ages feel the pressure to have the ideal 36” 24” 36” body measurement.
This ideal image that the media places on women is causing more women to feel the need to keep up then ever before; in fact, “42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner.” It is outrageous that children this young have already succumbed to the pressure of the media. This is only the beginning of it, not only do females feel the pressure to be thinner, but many of these young girls even act upon it, “46% of 9-11 year-olds are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets.”
At such a young age dieting and weight shouldn’t even be a thought for children let alone a reality. The fashion industry has pressured girls to look like they have been starved. The average model is anywhere from 5’9” to 6’0” tall and weights 90-120lbs. For an average healthy woman of that height the weight range is anywhere from 128-140lbs at the lowest end of the spectrum. This making the average model severely anorexic. The worst part is by supporting these industries society is telling children it is okay to be unhealthy and anorexic to such crazy extremes.
While the fashion industry has made few changes over the years to add stricter weight polices, for the most part they still only support anorexic models. What has the media come to when we show children that the only way to look beautiful is to be starved.