Hey everyone! Hope all of you are having a great time in your homes all cuddled up in footie pajamas and hot cocoa. This last week has been really fun, blogging about so many different topics and featuring lots of great Etsy shops. I really wish the New Year brings us all good ideas, beautiful experiences and memories and lots of new people to befriend.
As you all know, I'm starting fashion school as soon as I can find a decent one in my area and there are a few things I'm concerned about. We already discussed the topic of media manipulating our youth's minds into doing and spending as they please. Today I'd like to discuss and get you all to notice a problem that all of us have the possibility of bettering, Eating Disorders in the fashion industry and in consequence: our teens.
Did you know that models must fit in size 0? The required height in girls must be 5' 6" and they must fit in a size 0!! Ok I do believe that it is possible to be that tall and slim and be healthy at the same time. But it all depends on your body's complexion! DNA will have the answer to that. And what happens if your body wasn't meant to be that way? They try to force it to be that way in an unhealthy manner. Like exercise and a balanced diet will not make them the way they want to look and in the amount to time they want the change, they will take more drastic measure. This is when eating disorders kick in.
Now I'm not saying that every model in the industry has an eating disorder, however it is proven that 40% of them are suffering from them. An eating disorder is a psychological condition in which the patient develops abnormal eating habits such as anorexia (eating little or nothing at all), bulimia (eating disorderly and then forcefully inducing vomit) and/or a combination of both.
How is it that models modeling fashion under these conditions affect my teen? These modeling conditions are everywhere, from tv ads, to movies, to magazines, newspapers, internet. Most models must fulfill these specifications to get the job. Our kids watch tv, go to the movies, read magazines, read newspapers, love the internet so of course they are massively exposed to all these advertisements telling them they must be slim to be able to look great and wear what the model is wearing! We go out shopping with our teen and they see they can't get into a small size because they weren't built for it and that is where the problem starts.
I was always chubby growing up, so I can tell you firsthanded how it feels to have Tv and everything else tell you you are not "fitting in". I'll let you in a little secret I learned form a fashion designer sometime ago: Clothes sizes are made so the average person feels huge! They are designed that way. And everytime clothing factories make them smaller. So whenever you go to get a new pair of pants ( and are sure you haven't gained any weight) and find yourself being a size bigger don't worry you haven't grown, the pants are smaller!
How do we stop this? As consumers, we control where our money goes and how we spend it. If we keep supporting companies that destroy healthy values in your youth, we are giving them permition to keep on doing so and we are contributing to the problem. Also making our girls' (and boys) self-esteem strong and having them love themselves as they are will make our society stronger and less relying on what peers think and do. And if of course if someone you know is suffering from an earing disorder please help and support them! These disorders are as fata as aids! They are like any addiction!
With that on our minds I want you to look around you, if you know a teen or are a parent of one please check out the links I'll leave at the end of the blog, they might give you some extra information that can be valuable and save a life.