There are many problems facing our teenage society-one of the bigger ones being body image. This has been an issue for quite sometime and it is getting so much worse. Finally, people are starting to take notice and actually do something about it.
On September 24, 2006, Spain's biggest fashion runway show placed a ban on underweight models. They would not allow them to walk in their clothing. This resulted in 30% of the models from previous years to be out of a job. This caused quite a stir over the world. European countries seemed more accepting of this new idea and some countries even adopted this same idea for their own fashion shows so they could promote healthy and lean girls rather than starving and skinny. But lots of other countries tried to hide it as best they could as to stick to the status quo. They keep the same to make things easier for them
"In 1965, models weighed an average of 8 percent less than the typical woman in the United States; the average model now weighs 23 percent less than the average woman, according to the National Eating Disorders Association." Since the 1960's, eating disorders have doubled. No set blame can be put upon the fashion world but they aren't doing anything to help the problem by setting unrealistic standards for women.
When interviewed, most women said they wanted to lose weight or wanted to look like those stick-thin models in the magazines. Anorexia is an awful eating disorder that happens to be fatal to 15-20% of those that have it. This causes more deaths among 15-24 year old women than all other causes combined. That is a scary reality!
Our society is filled with certain expectations; some good, some bad. But so many people are expected to be something they're not and we all need to work to change that.