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The health and weight of catwalk models has been in the headlines for several years. For models to pressure to be a certain size and shape is very real. Recently, the conflict between models and the fashion industry reached the doorsteps of Downing Street, in the form of a campaign lead by aspiring model 23-year-old Rosie Nelson.
Rosie says that she was told, by a large London model agency, to lose weight. She went on to explain that following her initial meeting with the agency; she went on a diet and managed to reduce her weight to just over eight stones, but it was soon clear that she hadn’t lost enough.
"They just kept pushing me to lose more and more weight”, said Rosie speaking about the incident to Sky News, “and I physically couldn't do it. I was dating I was exercising like crazy I was hurting my body and doing damage to my body and yet they kept pushing me to lose more weight; I just couldn't do it any more." Realising that further weight loss would also be unhealthy; she told the agency that she was not willing to reduce her weight anymore. The incident spurred her on to launch a campaign to protect the health of fashion models.
A recent survey of over 120,000 teenagers has given unprecedented insight into modern day issues that teens find concerning.
The extensive survey highlights four main themes: drugs, smoking, cyber bullying and body image. Each teen was categorized according to their gender, affluence band and ethnicity.
In this post we will look at the findings for 15 year olds:
- 11% admit to having experimented with it.
- Both genders are equally likely to have tried it.
- Those from affluent backgrounds are just as likely to experiment with the drug as those from poorer backgrounds.
- White and mixed ethnicity teenagers are the most likely to try it; Asians the least likely.
- 5% of 15-year-olds admit to smoking regularly.
- Interestingly girls are much more likely than boys to smoke.
- This group is more likely to smoke if they live in a deprived area. E.g. the North-East of England has the highest number of teenage smokers.
- White teenagers are far more likely to smoke than those from Asian backgrounds.
- There is a big gender divide when it comes to cyber bullying.
- Girls are more likely to be victims, particularly if they post unflattering or inappropriate photographs online.
- Affluence has little impact.
- White teenagers are most likely to experience it.
- 46% of all 15-year-old girls think they are too fat compared to 23% of boys.
- Concerns about weight and image are fairly evenly split across England and between ethnicities.
- Gender has the greatest overall influence on a young person's sense of health and well-being.
* Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC); commissioned by the Department of Health
Rachael Farrokh is battling anorexia. This video allows us to see her amazing transformation, as she continues on the road to recover. As well as focussing on regaining her own health; Rachael is also trying to help others.
Some men have never been shy in telling women what they think about their appearance; whether they approve or disapprove. While appreciative wolf whistles have gone out of vogue, as society moves away from overtly sexist behaviour; direct in your face criticism from a complete stranger is much less common.
This week we learned about a woman whose body weight aroused negative, judgmental feelings in a man, so much so that he went as far as handing her a card as he exited the train that they were both travelling on. The card read:
"Overweight Haters Ltd
"It's really not glandular, it's your gluttony ...
"Our organisation hates and resents fat people. We object to the enormous amount of food resources you consume while half the world starves. We disapprove of your wasting NHS money to treat your selfish greed.
“And we do not understand why you fail to grasp that by eating less you will be better off, slimmer, happy and find a partner who is not a perverted chubby-lover, or even find a partner at all.
“We also object that the beautiful pig is used as an insult. You are not a pig. You are a fat, ugly human.”
The recipient of the card was 30 year old Kara Florish. Commenting on the incident she said: “I am not upset myself, I am smaller than the national average and not exactly obese, but this is hateful and cowardly and could potentially upset people struggling with confidence and eating disorders.”
This man’s action (we say) was prejudiced and cruel to say the very least. I hope he will soon learn that beauty / 'ugly human’ is as beauty / 'ugly human’ does.