April 3, 2012

Weight Restrictions for Models

Recently a reporter contacted me wanting my opinion regarding the recent weight regulations placed on fashion models in Israel. Read more: New Israeli law seeks to fight spread of eating disorders by banning super-thin models

The new laws aim to prevent inducing eating disorders in young girls who seek to emulate emaciated models.

While there is definitely more to anorexia than food and dieting as has been noted extensively on this website, I nevertheless told the reporter that there was a good rationale to do what whatever is possible to discourage the practice of using emaciated women as role models.

My reasoning has to do with the slippery slope phenomenon of anorexia. While there are a variety of things that lead a person to develop an eating disorder, once the body weight gets low enough, a compulsion takes over. The sufferer no longer has free will, and the eating disorder is fuelled by compulsion driven by the starvation.

It certainly does not help to have endless pictures of emaciated bodies plastered all over the media for young girls to emulate.

Leave a Reply

Subscribe by Email

Book: Enduring Changes in Eating Disorders

Enduring Change in Eating Disorders - Book Cover

Endorsements from Clients

  • Hello Charles! I am unsure if you will even remember who I am haha, but this is [name withheld] – I saw you in (I think) 2017 with anorexia.

  • My wife and I felt quite emotional last Monday after our short Zoom session. All three of us hugged. It felt like the end of a relatively short but profoundly enriching journey with you which started in June at your home office on Waiheke Island.

  • Dear Dr Fishman Thank you so much for this website. I have a long history of swinging between bulimia and compulsive over-eating. I am currently a compulsive over-eater.