A recent report in the British Journal of Psychiatry has stated that the fashion industry is playing a larger role in the various eating disorders afflicting women. Prof Janet Treasure, of the Eating Disorders Research Unit at Kings College London states that 0 sized models are having a devastating effect on body-image perception of everyday women. This is especially the case among teenage girls who are twice as likely susceptible to having some form of eating disorder. Professor Treasure led the charge in banning size 0 models from participating at London Fashion week. She goes on to state that:
“More focus is needed on reducing obsessive dieting, bad eating habits and body dissatisfaction amongst the young.
“Although it may take time to change the ‘thin ideal’ we should remember what has been achieved with cigarette smoking.
“People are just beginning to listen to the wealth of scientific evidence about the harm that fashion industry images cause, not only to those models paid to portray them, but also to those who pay to copy them.”