Are fashion models a group at risk for eating disorders and substance abuse?

Abstract:

BACKGROUND:Few studies to date have investigated whether in fact the prevalence of eating disorders (ED) and/or use of illicit drugs is higher among models than among other groups of females. METHOD:A group of 63 professional fashion models of various nationalities were studied by means of self-reported questionnaires. They were compared with a control group of 126 female subjects recruited from the general population. RESULTS:Fashion models weigh significantly less than controls, but only a small percentage of them uses unhealthy methods to control their weight. The current frequency of full-syndrome ED did not differ between the groups, but partial-syndrome ED were significantly more common among fashion models than among controls. Current substance use or alcohol abuse was reported by 35% of fashion models and 12% of controls. CONCLUSION:Our findings suggest that fashion models are more at risk for partial ED and use of illicit drugs than females in the general population.

journal_name

Psychother Psychosom

authors

Santonastaso P,Mondini S,Favaro A

doi

10.1159/000056285

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2002-05-01 00:00:00

pages

168-72

issue

3

eissn

0033-3190

issn

1423-0348

pii

56285

journal_volume

71

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