Sex in the News: Anorexia the Socially Transmitted Disease

By university, most ladies probably know someone who has battled with anorexia, bulimia or some form of an eating disorder. Though it’s not a gender specific disease, it is most prevalent in young women. Researchers from the London School of Economics recently did a study on eating disorders, finding them to be “socially transmitted diseases.”
This is the first ever economic analysis of anorexia and found that “social and cultural environment influences” influence young women to starve themselves in hopes of achieving what they consider to be the “perfect” body. The research is limited to Europe, but it did find that in countries where women are thinner, there is also a higher prevalence in eating disorders.
The economists also reported that they believe if the media reduces the mass imagery of tiny models or celebrities it could eliminate some of the social pressures women feel. They believe that governments should more carefully regulate the fashion industry — encouraging the regulation of models on runways and in fashion magazines.
It’s an interesting idea, but I’m not sure it’s one designers would be quick to support. Though there has been a slight increase in models with above average weights in the modelling world, they’re still not always that much bigger. Maybe Ford Models signing Kaela Humphries (who’s a size 16-18) is a sign of things to come?
Have you ever battled with an eating disorder? Did it stem from social pressures, or something else?
Leah has her Bachelor of Journalism in sight with just over a month left at Ryerson University in Toronto. When she’s not working on the Ryerson Review of Journalism she’s baking tasty cupcakes and hunting for a job (hopefully that pays). Follow her @Elleandbee
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