The Fashion Industry Promotes Eating Disorders

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Have you ever felt you needed to lose weight because of pressure put on you by the ideals created by the fashion industry? People often feel inferior to models because of the contrast between their bodies and the models and pressures on society make them feel they must look like models. Currently the standard set by the fashion industry is to be thin; for some people thinness to this extent isn’t easily attainable causing people to adapt unhealthy dietary habits. Pressures from the fashion industry promote eating disorders. This is because the fashion industry largely influence what is beautiful in society. Through history the image of beauty has changed thousands of times and it wasn’t really until the latter half of the 20th century that thin was in. In the 1960’s Twiggy, an ultra-thin model rose to fame in the fashion world and ultimately changed western view on bodies (Introduction to Anorexia: At Issue). Models were now thinner than ever. Suddenly there was extreme pressure on women to be thin, to look like the models in magazines which is difficult for many people to achieve. This causes people to resort to unhealthy weight loss techniques in a desperate attempt to become accepted in society and to be seen as beautiful. Society is now so used to seeing these models who have their beauty and superiority idolized that they feel all women must look this way. However, looking like a model is becoming increasingly unattainable. According to Bennett the difference between the catwalk and reality is so stark that the slightest change in a girls form makes them self-conscious because they are constantly sizing themselves up to models (Bennett). Today models are dramatically thinner and taller than they were a few years a... ... middle of paper ... ...wpoints. Rpt. from "Why Skinny Models Are Making Us Fat." Newsweek (8 Feb. 2007). Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 13 Mar. 2014. Diller, Vivian. "Altered Fashion Magazine Photographs Contribute to Unrealistic Body Images." The Culture of Beauty. Ed. Louise I. Gerdes. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2013. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Is Photoshop Destroying America's Body Image?" Huffington Post. 2011. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 13 Mar. 2014. "Introduction to Anorexia: At Issue." Anorexia. Stefan Kiesbye. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. At Issue. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 7 Apr. 2014. "Preface to 'Is the Fashion Industry Appropriately Regulated?.'" The Fashion Industry. Ed. Roman Espejo. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 13 Mar. 2014.
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