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Government Should Ban Skinny Models To Curb Anorexia, Say Researchers 676

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from the too-fat-for-me dept.
smoothjazz writes "Governments are justified to prevent very skinny models from walking the catwalk and ban photographs and advertisements suggesting that extreme thinness is attractive, according to a group of researchers who found that social and cultural environment influences on young women is largely responsible for the spread of chronic eating disorder."
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Government Should Ban Skinny Models To Curb Anorexia, Say Researchers

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  • by Beardo the Bearded (321478) on Friday March 02, 2012 @08:07PM (#39227251)

    Okay.

    I've got an eight-year-old girl. Every day I tell her that she's smart and strong and brave and beautiful, and that I love her, and that I'm proud of her. We've told her how they use computers to make models look different than in real life. (The Fotoshop by Adobé ad is great)

    Yet for all the work we do to tell her how incredible and awesome she is, there's a constant barrage of ads screaming that she's ugly and dumb and girls are wimpy.

  • by Ironhandx (1762146) on Friday March 02, 2012 @08:47PM (#39227707)

    Its not a fucking theory you nitwit.

    Canada has a single payer government system. Its a PROVEN PROCESS.

    Canadians live longer than Americans, by something like 3-4 years now. Yes the outlier cases of super specialized treatment send people from here south of the border into the US, however that is largely because we just don't have the population to support services for the things that affect 1 in 100,000 people and are pretty damned expensive.

    1 in 100,000 people in Canada is 300 people.

    1 in 100,000 people in the US is 3000 people.

    Now why don't we play with some grade 2 math and guess which country has better centralized care for that sort of condition?

    The funny part of it all is that Americans are coming to Canada for health care for some issues. With the population difference that should in no way happen.

  • by toadlife (301863) on Friday March 02, 2012 @09:12PM (#39227975) Journal

    Three that I know off the top of my head:

    Cost per capita (The U.S spends on average, double what Western nations with socialized systems spend)
    Infant mortality rate (The U.S. ranks 34, right behind Cuba)
    Life expectancy (The U.S. is again in the 30s and again behind communist Cuba)

  • Re:Actuarially, no. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Smauler (915644) on Friday March 02, 2012 @09:14PM (#39227997)

    Of course people are society's responsibilty. I live in the UK, and I do like the NHS.

    Some people I know use the NHS as emotional support. These people are not ill, either mentally, or physically. They just like seeing their doctor every so often.

    Some people I know use the NHS every time they get a cold - literally. The doctor tells them to piss off (not in so many words, but I wish he would), and they go home happy.

    When I tell these people that that's where your tax is going, they don't get it. When I tell them that's where my tax is going, they still don't get it.

    The people who are ill are not the the problem. The people who are fine and think they can use a "free" service as much as they like are.

  • Re:Actuarially, no. (Score:4, Informative)

    by Rockoon (1252108) on Friday March 02, 2012 @09:14PM (#39228001)

    I *need* medical insurance because I *may* get ill.

    No, thats not why you need health insurance. You need health insurance because you cannot afford the out of pocket expenses of some illnesses. You seem to have a warped view of the role health insurance plays in society.

    Do you have $5000 in the bank? If so, then why do you need coverage for anything that will cost under $5000? The fact is that if you have $5000 in the bank then you do not. Thats why there exists catastrophic health insurance plans.. its for actual smart people that actually know what health insurance is actually for.

    You know what the United States health insurance reform mainly did? It made catastrophic coverage "not enough" .. its going to be illegal to play it smart.

  • by Ironhandx (1762146) on Friday March 02, 2012 @10:45PM (#39228653)

    Specialist salaries are not capped in Canada, only General Practitioner salaries.

    You, as most Americans, are grossly misinformed about our health care system

    You are only partially right about having the wealthy market cornered. Wealthy Americans routinely travel the globe to get treatments everywhere.

    You just *think* you have the wealthy market cornered because anyone with good health insurance gets to stay in a 4 star hotel while they recover. Also because, well, America did have that market cornered at one time.

    In reality your political interests, largely religious, are currently influencing your policy makers to the extent that new, successful high-tech treatments are being banned in America or going through 20 years of unnecessary hoops. So wealthy Americans are increasingly seeking treatment in european countries, Japan, Australia, Canada, and everywhere else across the globe.

  • Re:Actuarially, no. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Zontar The Mindless (9002) <{moc.liamg} {ta} {ofni.hsifcitsalp}> on Saturday March 03, 2012 @01:16AM (#39229319)

    Then again, it is still better than a government run system, as I at least have choices of carriers and coverage.

    I'll just keep using the Swedish *evil* government-run *evil* healthcare system that puts an affordable clinic and pharmacy in nearly every borough of Stockholm, thanks.

    Who needs a false "choice" amongst "carriers" (= middle-men/profiteers) when I've already got a better deal than any US insurance company ever has given or is ever going to give me?

  • by couchslug (175151) on Saturday March 03, 2012 @12:19PM (#39231589)

    So ban fat models too. THAT would trigger a shitstorm worth watching.

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