Though American magazine publishers continue to stick their heads in the sand regarding the widespread use of airbrushing and PhotoShopping, the British Periodical Publishers Association has announced that it will be holding a series of summits to discuss the possibility of placing curbs on digital photo enhancement in magazines and advertising. These summits were spurred in part because of last year's Model Health Inquiry, which, according to the Telegraph, "accused editors of acting irresponsibly and promoting a size-zero culture." (Speaking of irresponsible magazine editors, we hear that editors at OK! Magazine used a photo of Britney Spears from 2003 to illustrate a cover story this week about Brit's "No Pills, No Lipo" stunning weight loss.)
According to the Telegraph the forthcoming PhotoShop summits came on the same day that Professor Janet Treasure of the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London said, "society's obsession with being slim was encouraging diet-binge cycles and bulimia." However, the question remains: is society's obsession with thinness so deeply ingrained at this point that digital manipulation or not, women will continue to torture themselves?