A 22-year-old South American model Luisel Ramos died of a heart attack after stepping off a runway in 2006. She had been in a three month diet of green leaves and diet Coke, after been told she could be an international sensation if she lost weight.
After six-month Luisel's sister, Eliana, also a teenage model, was found dead in her bathroom in Montevideo. She too suffered a heart attack. A post-mortem examination suggested that Ms. Ramos suffered from ‘alimentary deficiency'.
It was also reported that 21 year old Ana Carolina Reston, a Brazilian model, died from complications relating to anorexia. I think she looked beautiful before her "diet", as you can see in the first photo below:
Look at the difference in Victoria Beckham:
The fashion industry is using many ‘size 0' models and set unrealistic standards of beauty, that encourage young women to crash-diets at the expense of their health.
Consequently the type of dieting to create extreme thinness can have a potential long-term damage because young girls can become obsessed, and the cultural emphasis with body image ideal can cause Anorexia Nervosa.
After obesity and asthma, Anorexia is the most common disease in females age 15 to 24. In Australia 1% of the female population suffer from this disease, and the mortality rate is between 15-20%.
Dr. Melissa Randall a famous psychologist who specialises in treating eating disorders alleged: ‘ Social pressure from the media is a big influence to adolescents'. She also said that they think: ‘ If I'm skinny or size 0 like the models I will be everything I want to be'.
Since this madness about size 0, fashion is a mirror and many teenagers imitate what they see on the catwalk.
The problem is getting worst because the demarcation between ordinary life and the life of a handful of models have become completely eroded.
Young people, with their peculiar sense of entitlement, are more at risk because they genuinely appear to believe that they not need to concentrate in an academic work. They can have a fabulous life handed to they on a plate, so they prepare themselves for the great day by DIETING.
In addition to this advertisements for weight loss are regularly shown during meals times and cooking shows, and more than often straight after an advertisement For Hungry Jacks. What type of message s do the media think they are sending us? Why has this happened?
Coming back to the fashion industry they still using thin models on its runways. They do it because it's a sign of high fashion and it is getting worse too-not only are models thinner than they have ever been, but they are younger. Fashion designers used to employ catwalkers in their 20's and 30's, some models now are barely in their teens. Anyone that reads a glossy fashion magazine has the potential to get taken in by the same thing: If I am young and skinny I will be famous.
To sum up we have to ensure, that not every teenager grows up believing they have to be as thin as any stick skeletal model in order to feel a sense of achievement. Our society is so focused on being thin and being in on the latest magic weight loss solution that we have turned a blind eye to the impact this contradictory messages have on young people.