How Far Is Too Far?

How far is too far?

A subject that always arouses strong feelings on both sides is whether we, as society should allow the media to portray size zero models in a positive way. Size zero is the equivalent to a UK size four and is often referred to in the debate surrounding extreme thinness.
In this essay I am going to discuss the two main illnesses affecting size zero models and show how the fashion industry could be the catalyst to these illnesses becoming more popular in youths.  

In my opinion I am against size zero models as it promotes an unhealthy body image for young girls and women in particular to copy. The media is constantly putting them under pressure to look like the images portrayed in fashion which is making these life threatening illnesses more and more popular. Is it really that fashionable to be so skinny your ribs stick out?
The main disorder that is most known to affect size zero models is named Anorexia Nervosa however there are two different types to this illness. The first is the restricting type where weight loss is achieved by restricting calories. Sufferers follow drastic diets, go on fasts, and exercise to excess. Whereas the purging type is when anorexics get rid of calories they have consumed by vomiting or by using laxatives and diuretics. This is commonly known as Bulimia. People suffering from anorexia often hide their condition, so the warning signs are not always easy to spot. Furthermore, anorexics will try to explain away their disordered eating behaviours when confronted. But as anorexia progresses, the signs and symptoms become increasingly obvious and difficult to deny. Despite this, some fashion industries and designers are still choosing size zero models over a curvy model as they think it advertises their clothing range in a better way.
Anorexia Nervosa affects the whole body. Over time, if anorexia continues unchecked, the health problems only get worse. The disease causes hair loss, infertility, stunted growth,...