posted on Apr, 18 2013 @ 03:50 PM
I would like to use this picture in helping me express where I'm going with this thread.
This thread has to deal with both biology and social science. I was reading this article which felt needed to be addressed and debated. Agents for
modeling are recruiting women with eating disorders. With many people throughout the world having issues with dieting like being over weight,
malnutrition, or eating disorders. I feel how we market beauty and sex like this is wrong. I have always agreed with the saying "beauty is in the eye
of the beholder". But we have to question why we see beauty in suffering and bad habits. All kinds of people are either over eating or have some form
malnutrition. We're sending bad opinions to future generations you have to look a certain way to be beautiful. This might sound like a rant, it is,
but I want people to understand this is damaging our humanity.
The article is not very long. So I have included it in the thread with a source link.
Modeling agencies in Sweden have reportedly made a practice of scouting for new talent outside of the country's biggest clinic for treating
eating disorders. Dr. Anna-Maria af Sandberg, head of the Stockholm Center for Eating Disorders, says the "repugnant" practice has become so
commonplace that the center was forced to change its policies towards patients going outside for walks.
She tells Sweden's Metro newspaper that one of the women approached was so ill at the time that she was in a wheelchair. Sandberg says the
practice sends the "wrong signals when the girls are being treated for eating disorders." Some patients at the clinic reportedly have a Body Mass
index as low as 14, compared to a healthy BMI for women of between 18.5 and 24.9. Dangerously thin models have long been commonplace in the industry,
but a disturbing new trend called "thigh gap" has recently emerged in the modeling world, where models' legs don't touch above the knees. Many
critics claim that images of these models should be banned from the media, as they promote eating disorders and unhealthy body image, especially among
young people. The Spanish government recently took a stand against promoting the underweight look, legislating against the use of models with a Body
Mass index of under 18.
I wouldn't doubt you'll feel sick to your stomach. Or at least think there a lot of weird people out there. Everyone has their own opinion about
beauty, love, and what it really means. It's just how the majority see's it feels so inhuman. But in away we are social animals who are very
irrational by nature. Which will make this more human. Weird. I would like to hear your feedback to this topic.