All models working in the UK must possess a medical certificate deeming them fit to work

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There are over 1.6 million people in the UK suffering from eating disorders. As one of these people, I can strongly agree that the portrayal of “perfection” was a contributing factor to my eating disorder. Today, girls and boys of all ages are exposed to the idea of being “perfect.” This is particularly seen in pictures of celebrities & models, covers of magazines and even mannequins in stores. A study last year showed that over 37 female mannequins in 8 high street stores such as H&M and Topshop had a waist the equivalent to an underweight individual. 

At just 13 years old I felt the need to be “thin”, because that was how to be “beautiful.” Having suffered with an eating disorder at the age of 15 & continuing to deal with the thought of not being “perfect”, I can say that I never want to see any child or adult going through that. We need to bring a stop to this madness.

It’s clear to see that mannequins in stores aren’t that of a healthy person. And no, I’m not an expert, but the proof is right in front of our eyes. H&M female mannequins were proven to have a waist size the equivalent to a 7 year old boy. 

We need to reduce the amount of people suffering with eating disorders and many other mental health issues caused by this, by taking action NOW. 

In 2015, the French government passed a bill that required all working models to posses a health certificate deeming them safe and healthy to work, in other words, not underweight. In addition, all images that had been digitally edited to make actors, actresses and models look thinner and “better” be labelled “digitally edited.”

The UK urgently need to follow suit, by also passing a bill that requires all working models to posses a health certificate and for digitally edited images to be labelled. I strongly believe that we can make a difference & significantly prevent the issues caused by this in future generations, by taking action right now.

I urge you to sign this petition, because we need to put a stop to the significant impact that the fashion industry has on mental health.

Thanks,

Kiera

 



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