Beautiful, but at What Price!

by Sarah B. on Février 19, 2014 - 8:15pm

Fashion and beauty are part of our every day life. We are judge constantly on our appearance and ignoring others' judgment is extremely difficult. People are ready to do many things to achieve what they want to look like. Whatever they do, some will never like what they see in the mirror.  These people will often develop eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. These problems are very present in the women's fashion industry because girls are constantly comparing themselves with each other. They need to be very slim if they want to be chosen for a photo shoot or a fashion show, but this attitude will not help them achieve good health. This short essay will present two articles. The first one from CBC News in Montreal and the second one from Stephen Evans of the BBC News in Berlin. Also, the BJM (British Medical Journal), a peer reviewed medical journal, will be presented. Finally, the academic discipline related to the journal and the articles will be explained.


According to the article "Quebec 'Charter' Fights Use of Skinny Models" from CBC News in Montreal, resolutions were taken to stop eating disorders in Quebec's fashion industry. To that effect, a charter was created to prevent too thin models and to promote healthier habits. This charter includes the promotion of the diversity of models. Through this way of thinking, different weights, ages and heights should be promoted in order to have models that really represent the society in which we live. The charter's resolutions also include the well being of each individual. We are all different and we should love our body the way it is. This last resolution is a good way to prevent eating disorders. The fashion industry is not the only one who wants to promote healthy body image. The advertising industry is also preoccupied by the body image they want to present to the population.


Quebec is not the only one to have concluded that it is inappropriate to hire and encourage unhealthy models.  A well-known German women's magazine called the "Brigitte Magazine" has choose to regulate the models that will be in the magazine. According to the article " A top German women's magazine has decided to reverse its policy of not using professional fashion models." published in BBC News, Brigitte wants to present a more natural look to her readers. Moreover, she wants to show them that every one can be beautiful. For a few years now, this magazine has worked hard to prevent eating disorders and anorexic models. They want people to identify themselves to the person in the magazine. For this reason, the magazine does not present "zero size" models and prefers to use ordinary people instead of models.


These two articles show us that people in different parts of the world are working against the same problem. For example, in Quebec as well as in Germany, people try to influence others and help them on the same issue. They all want a healthier world with more natural and healthier looking people and they both want to stop eating disorders. Therefore, a national agreement must be establish in order to prevent eating disorders and to promote healthy habits.


The British Medical Journal published the article " Treating Anorexia Nervosa".  This journal is very interesting if you want to know more about what can be done medically to help people with eating disorders. This journal relates to the two above articles because it proposes ways to help people with anorexia and bulimia. These articles from CBC and BBC news only point out the fact that models should be healthier but this journal is interesting because it recommends treatments for them instead of just excluding them from the fashion industry.


The discipline of medicine, define as "the science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease" by the Oxford University, relates to the articles because they both promote healthier life. The field of medicine can help archieve this goal. As the definition of medicine states, it will diagnoses the people with eating disorders, treats them and proposes ideas for the prevention of this disease. The last part of the definition of medicine directly concerns the articles because they both try to do prevention by excluding too thin models.


To conclude, I think that the ideas promoted by the two articles should be spread around the world. Health is a very important issue and excluding too thin models like the two articles suggest can only help to promote healthier lifestyles. Moreover, it is very important to help people with anorexic issue and make them realise how beautiful they are compared to what they think. Finally, the discipline of medicine helps and prevents such problems in the fashion industry. The field of nutrition should also be considered in this issue because it can help models establish good and balanced meals.

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