In addition to the neurologic damage described above is the physical
damage that results from being emaciated, or from seeing images of malnourished models.
This article from the Times of India
offers further proof.
As the article states:
New research done by a foreign university reiterates something you guessed before: girls dieting to be size zero could be risking their bones to long-term problems such as osteoporosis. The research conducted on 4,000 young girls, shows that fat mass plays an important role in building bones. Recent research conducted by a London based college, also found that constant images of reed-thin, size-zero models, pop stars and actresses fuelled a rise in eating disorders amongst young women.
Building strong bones is particularly important for women, as they are three times more likely to develop osteoporosis and suffer up to three times more hip fractures than men. Actress Gul Panag points out, "Size zero has sparked low self-esteem issues, resulting in bulimia, anorexia and body dysmorphic disorders. Looking thin is like being a poster girl for sickness and bad health."
In early 2006, Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston, 21, died of anorexia on the eve of a Paris photoshoot after living on a diet of apples and tomatoes
The death of Uruguayan model Luisel Ramos at the Uruguay Fashion Week in 2006 led to the ban on size zero girls parading at the Madrid fashion shows. Luisel's father claimed that she had been fasting for days. The already skinny 22-year-old had been informed by her model agency that she could "make it big" if she lost a significant amount of weight. She collapsed while going for a final costume change and died despite the efforts of an emergency team trying to resuscitate her.
Six months later, Luisel's sister, 18-year-old model Eliana was found dead in her bedroom. Primary diagnosis revealed that it was death due to symptoms of malnutrition.
It is always commendable to see the media acknowledging the fact that images of skeletal models DO cause eating disorders. This has been clearly and irrefutably established.
The quote from the researcher who concludes that "Looking thin is like being a poster girl for sickness and bad health"
is well stated. Society might have come around to recognizing that an anorexic look is a death sentence, but even merely looking thin,
looking anything less than plus size, is unhealthy for women.
If all young women would allow themselves to blossom into a comfortable, full-figured size, they would avoid these health risks, and would both look and feel healthy and beautiful.