Social and Physical Impacts Of A Size Zero Figure

With all the debate about size zero models being unhealthy going around, there is not much that is being done to change the situation. The most revered fashion weeks and designers are still employing them. Here are some alarming implications of promoting a size zero figure.

Unreal Body Ideals

There are certain people who are naturally skinny and then there are size zero models, most of whom starve themselves until they are stick thin. While naturally skinny people are harmless, models are giving an unreal perception of the ideal body. They are representatives of fashion and style. All women follow fashion through which this body type is ingrained into their heads as the ideal figure when all it causes it health problems, weak bones and a perpetual low self-image.

Young Girls Adopting Unhealthy Diets

Because being size zero is all the rage, many young girls adopt a diet that basically revolves around starving themselves. This is the worst they can do to their bodies, especially in the years when their body is developing. Their bones get affected the most, increasing their chances of getting osteoporosis manifold.

Bad Self Image

Size zero models are in every fashion magazine, hired by almost all high end as well as regular clothing lines. Women who read these magazines then see themselves in the mirror and do not like what they see. This causes lack of self-confidence and it is especially harmful for young girls who are developing their personalities at that age.

Eating Disorders

In order to achieve size zero, there a number of eating disorder that models and girls striving to reach that “ideal” figure are acquiring. These include anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating, etc. Most of these eating disorders are not just about food, they also shed light on the mental state of the patient. They are many psychological ills associated with eating disorders, for instance, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, etc.

Appearances vs. Reality

While the top models are super skinny and are travelling in their high heels and short dresses, they portray the high life. However, what is hidden from the general public is the extent to which they are going to be that thin. A recent confession by an ex Vogue Australia editor revealed that there were girls living on tissue paper because of its apparent property of swelling once it goes into the stomach, giving it a filled feeling. Everyone only sees glamour which is a lie.

What needs to be highlighted here is the death of quite a few size zero models who were malnutrition-ed or had been starving themselves. The list includes Ana C. Reston who died while on shoot in Paris. It is alarming how the trend of size zero has caught on. More awareness needs to be spread on its impact.


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