Ugly Face of Model industries; Models suffer from Eating disorders


Models seem to be suffering the brunt of the fashion industry’s obsession with size zero. This led to their eating disorders and becoming obsessed with their weight and body shape, where 40% of the models suffer from these disorders. They avoid food, restricted food, or eat small quantities of only certain foods. Even when they are dangerously underweight they may see themselves as overweight.

  • What are eating disorders?

Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, are psychological disorders that involve extreme disturbances in eating behavior. They refuse to stay at normal body weight.

They follow harmful ways to stay underweight as:

Eating cotton:

They have tried dangerous ways in the name of weight loss as eating cotton soaked in the juice to curb their appetite and cut their daily calorie intake.


They eat large amounts of food in a small time and attempts to get rid of it by vomiting, taking laxatives, excessive exercise, or fasting.


They place severe restrictions on the amount and food they consume to the point of starvation.


We all know that smoking has countless health risks, yet models use it as a diet strategy, it has been shown to be an appetite suppressant but the risks of smoking vastly outweigh any benefits.

The dangerous health impact of eating disorders:

Eating disorders have both long-lasting and life-threatening effects on physical health. Consequently, these eating disorders can permanently damage the body. The negative health impacts are

  • Fainting, fatigue, and weakness.
  • Low blood pressure and abnormally slow heart rate, increasing the risk for heart disease and heart failure.
  • Muscle loss.
  • Severe dehydration, which can lead to kidney failure.
  • Brain shrinkage due to lack of nutrition, leading to decreased cognitive function.
  • Permanent loss of bone density.

Some models do get help, though, and overcome their eating disorders. No one knows for certain if there is a sure way to decrease the number of injured models, however, the severity of eating disorders and its high percentage rate among models has led some fashion show facilitators to take a closer look at their runways. In some cases, this has lead to rule changes. Fashion leaders in some countries have a rule requiring a normal body and not to feature models that appear to be unhealthy thin or to have eating disorders in their publications. The hope is that by having new guidelines a model with eating disorders will be encouraged to take steps towards wellness.