Art is the proper task of life

{September 17, 2007}   Models, Anorexia, Ramadan

Its not a closed secret that diss skinny models so before I shift my focus to matters which should be closer to heart in Ramdhan, I decided to revisit this topic one last time before Ramdhan goes in full swing. Its not just ironic but its rather strange that there are literally hundreds of millions of people on this planet who do not have enough people and there are now also tens of millions of people on this planet who are obese. Then there are of course those super skinny stick-figure models. Looking at these three groups of people on can see the reason behind the prescription for fasting. The obese, the skinny and even those models can learn something from the spirit of Ramadan. May be some of those models should try fasting instead of starving themselves to death. It just may work. As usual I leave you people with the following excerpt from the Forbes Magazine.

The furor began in earnest last year with the deaths of two young models from anorexia nervosa and has since escalated, prompting fashion-show bosses in Europe to ban girls under a certain body mass index from working the shows.

In mid-January, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) issued its own “Health Initiative,” stressing voluntary measures to “create an atmosphere that supports the well-being of these young women.”

But that may not be enough to protect models — and the millions of girls and women who emulate them, critics charge.

Too often, “guidelines are things that people just hang on a wall,” said Lynn Grefe, chief executive officer of the National Eating Disorders Association.

While she’s pleased that the CFDA has “opened a dialogue” on the issue, Grefe said she’s waiting to see how these voluntary rules get implemented.

“Right now, I’m not sure how they are going to handle it if they have an anorexic girl in the shows,” Grefe said. Given that most eating-disorder sufferers hide the problem, “How are designers going to know about it? And who’s going to tell the girl?” she said.

The issue gained renewed prominence with the eating-disorders deaths in 2006 of two young models — Luisel Ramos, of Uruguay, and Ana Carolina Reston, of Brazil, who was 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 88 pounds when she died. Reston reportedly lived on a diet of apples and tomatoes in the weeks before her death.

The outcry over these deaths led to a move in September by government officials in Madrid to ban models with a body-mass index (BMI) of less than 18 from performing in city-sponsored fashion shows.


Sumera says:

Its attractive to be emaciated. :-/

Ruby says:

Somewhere banned models under the age of sixteen…England maybe? Either way Ramadan isn’t really about food, its much deeper. Ramadan Mubarak to you!@

Sidrah says:

eating disorders aren’t just about food, its about how people feel about themselves, their lives and their relationship with food, and I don’t think there would actually be such a problem with models and eating disorders if there wasn’t such great pressure to look like a coat hanger.

justagal says:

There’s been little said about eating disorders binge and compulsive overeating, bulimia and anorexia) and Muslims. For very personal reasons, it’s a topic of interst to me and was wondering whether anyone has any thoughts on the issue.

conleyri says:

Hey, I was looking for your contact information but I could not find it on this site. I wanted to know, if time permitted, if you would be interested in collaborating with me on a piece on my website. Its Its a wordpress blog about my recent conversion. Sign up and drop a comment if you would be interested. Looks like we cover some of the same things.

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