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The panel suggests models with eating disorders be required to seek help.


The American fashion industry says it wants models to be healthy, not anorexic, bulimic or chain-smokers. And to help them achieve that, the Council of Fashion Designers of America has released a list of recommendations as part of a new health initiative.

The guidelines, which are not binding, include:

  • Keep models under the age of 16 off the runway and don’t allow models under 18 to work at fittings or photo shoots past midnight.

  • Educate those in the industry to identify the warning signs of eating disorders.

  • Require models identified as having an eating disorder to receive professional help and only allow those models to continue with approval from that professional.

  • Develop workshops on the causes and effects of eating disorders, and raise awareness of the effects of smoking and tobacco-related disease.

The panel that formulated guidelines for American fashion designers included CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg, nutritionist Joy Bauer, modelling agent Louis Chaban, fitness trainer David Kirsch and Dr. Susan Ice, vice- president and medical director of Philadelphia’s Renfrew Center, which is dedicated to eating disorders.