'Excessively Thin' Models Now Officially Banned on French Runways

For months, the French government has been moving to ban runway models who are unhealthily thin from the runway and ad campaigns, citing not just the toll on the models themselves but the influence they may have on young women. On Thursday, the legislation passed, and now all models will be required to provide medical…

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Hashbrowns and Hashtags: How Will Instagram Stay Ahead of Photos That Glorify Eating Disorders?

Instagram has 80 million users and they're growing fast, and with that, moderating the quickly expanding community is a mounting concern. For Beat, a British nonprofit that helps people struggling with eating disorders, the concern is with hashtags and images that celebrate disordered eating and emaciated bodies.…

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When the World Is Your Therapist: Lady Gaga's Eating Disorder Is a Double-Edged Sword

Every so often, a celebrity will "come out" about her past struggle with an eating disorder. These stars are almost always women, and they are almost always "better" by the time they make a public statement. They are also almost always slender. Just this week, Katie Couric admitted that she had "wrestled with bulimia…