Vulnerable young models should be subject to mandatory health checks and backstage drug testing, a British Fashion Council study said today, citing "startling" evidence of their lack of education about health problems and eating disorders. Models would have to provide a signed health certificate from a doctor experienced in recognizing eating disorders before performing, the Guardian reports.
The study eschewed Body Mass Index measurements, calling it a "blunt instrument" that could encourage pre-show binging, followed by excessive dieting. It also recommended a ban on models under the age of 16. Estimates say up to 40% of models suffer from eating disorders. "The facts of the modeling industry are not so glamorous," the head of the study says.