Require a healthy weight of models in the United States
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We see it everywhere - ads which promote clothes, shoes, hair products, etc. One thing that a concerning number of these ads have in common is the featuring of models with retouched or underweight bodies. As media and technology now become more accessible to everyone, so do the standards concerning what we should look like. The effect that this takes on many people? Disordered eating. In some cases, this may even turn into an eating disorder. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses and have the highest mortality rate among any other mental illness. I believe we can take a large step in preventing eating disorders by requiring models to have a full physical and mental assessment prior to being hired. Generally, the physical assessment should confirm that the model is at a healthy weight in regards to both height and prior height/weight charts. The mental assessment should confirm that the model does not engage in disordered eating or have disordered thoughts concerning eating which could be exploited through the modeling industry and media. Additionally, these assessments should be renewed annually. I believe that taking action to implement these rules will not only protect consumers but also models, many of whom have fallen victim to eating disorders. This petition is inspired by my own struggle with an eating disorder which was partially influenced by the media's image of what women should look like. Thank you!
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