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According to US estimates from The National Institute of Mental Health more than 50 of girls ages 9-15 said they have exercised to lose weight another 50 said they have reduced their food intake and approximately 5 claim they have used a parents laxatives or diet pills in order to lose weight Every year millions of people are affected by potentially harmful or life-threatening eating disorders The vast majority of those afflicted by eating disorders over 90 are adolescent or young women The fashion industry one of the most prominent in the world is now at fault for sending superficial messages through their rail-thin models and sparking eating disorders in tens The industry is gradually receiving less and less respect since the idea of a potential ban took place With aspiring teens looking up to their elders who they see basking in the bright lights for designers like Coco Chanel Prada or Top Shop health experts say is a real health concern In 2006 the first ban on underweight models was made during fashion week in Madrid Spain Even since then this has been a very controversial topic in the fashion industry and has caused much discrepancy between designers modeling agents and medical personnel everywhere The fashion industry should regulate models with a body mass index lower than 185 for it is a rising issue for all growing teens in need of mental stability as well as confidence Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia along with binging and purging are all categorized under one serious mental condition eating disorders Anorexia nervosa is refusal to maintain a healthy body weight an obsessive fear of gaining weight Signs and symptoms of this disorder include obvious rapid and dramatic weight loss obsession with calories and fat content swollen cheeks fine hairs growing on face and rest of body and rituals such as cutting food into tiny pieces counting your bites hiding or discarding food etc Eating disorders are illnesses that
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