Hild and Adolescent psychiatry: Size-zero debate fuels myth that eating disorders are fads

Size-zero debate fuels myth that eating disorders are fads.
DIET: Sunday Herald 24 Feb 2008

The controversy over size-zero models and celebrities has increased the myth of eating disorders being a fad, according to campaigners. A major debate about the prevalence of ultra-thin women in the fashion and celebrity worlds was triggered after the deaths of two models in 2006. It led to an inquiry into the health of models and a ban on size-zero girls at Glasgow Fashion Week last year.
But Suzie Vestri, acting director of the campaign group See Me which aims to tackle the stigma surrounding mental illness warned that eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia were still Incredibly stigmatisedand said that the furore over the sizezero issue has done little to alleviate this.
There is an increasing amount of coverage in the media concerning the mental heath of celebrities and others who act as role models for todays youth. This has led to public debates such as the one mentioned above and increased awareness of mental illness. Has the association with the celebrity media been helpful in reducing the stigma of mental illness or is it merely trivialising the difficulties of the 1 in 10 young people who suffer mental health problems?