Another model has fallen victim to the fashion industry’s and society’s obsession with uber skinniness and died from complications because of anorexia. Brasilera Ana Carolina Reston, 21, died Tuesday this week in a Sao Paulo hospital from a generalized infection caused by anorexia. Ana Carolina, who stood at about 5 feet 8 inches, weighed only 88 pounds at the time of her death. This weight is considered normal, but only if you’re a 12-year-old girl no more than about 5 feet tall.
Additionally Ana Carolina’s body-mass-index was 13.5 while the World Health Organization considers anyone with a BMI below 18.5 underweight. A BMI below 17.5 being one of the criteria for the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa and a BMI nearing 15 is usually used as an indicator for starvation.
If only this were an isolated case, but Ana Carolina’s death follows the death of Uruguayan model Luisel Ramos on a catwalk from heart complications related to anorexia.
One can only hope that this will be a wake up call to the fashion world and the world at large. Maybe even following in the footsteps of Spain isn’t a bad ideaEarlier this year Madrid barred models below a certain weight from its top fashion show.
One can only hope. Among those hoping are Ana Carolina’s mother, Miriam Reston:
“Take care of your children … no money is worth the life of your child, not even the most famous (fashion) brand is worth this,” her mother, Miriam Reston, told O Globo newspaper.
Via / CNN
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