Aussie Pageant Teen 'Dangerously Thin'

Contestant meets World Health Authority standards for malnourishment, says doc
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 24, 2009 3:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Health experts are sounding the alarm over a dangerously underweight Australian beauty contestant in the Miss Universe pageant in Sydney, reports the Telegraph. Observers were stunned by the protruding bones of 19-year-old Stephanie Naumoska, who stands 5 foot 11 and weighs just 108 pounds. "There appears to be significant muscle wasting," said one health expert. Pageant officials have denied there is a problem, though the teen fits the World Health Authority standards for malnourishment.

“The most unhealthy part about it is the image it is showing other young women who may view this as normal, when clearly it is not," said the head of the Australian Medical Association. Naumoska was eliminated after the bikini competition.