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Susan Cowden, MS

Kudos to the CFDA

By January 28, 2012

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It's no secret that models are often so thin that they are unhealthy and often develop eating disorders as a result of the pressure on them from the modeling industry.  This in turn, perpetuates society's belief that thin is beautiful and promotes unhealthy beliefs and behaviors in the general public.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America began a Health Initiative in 2007 to address these concerns within the fashion industry.  This week they updated their guidelines to focus on making sure that models who are walking in runway shows are at least 16 and have encouraged designers not to keep models who are under 18 past midnight.  They have also included recommendations to educate and develop workshops for industry professionals (including models, agents, editors and designers) on how to identify eating disorders early and what treatment entails.  Their recommendation also includes language that encourages designers not to employ models with an eating disorder, without their treatment team's approval.

I, for one, am pleased to see the fashion industry taking a stand against eating disorders.  Do you think that these recommendations will be followed through with by the industry?  Do you think these recommendations are enough?

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