The debate over the publicity photographs of pop group Girls Aloud shows, once again, that the issue of eating disorders and body image needs to be taken seriously by role models.
The Huntercombe Group is one of the UK’s leading specialised care operators with 3 hospitals which cater for people with eating disorders.
Commenting, a spokesperson said “The problem is that the young people who are susceptible to developing an eating disorder often have perfectionist tendencies by nature. When they are very young they cannot see that these unrealistic images of supposedly real people are actually false and they strive to achieve this same degree of perfection for their own appearance. Without having the maturity to understand that these images are nothing but enhanced images, they can easily find themselves becoming less and less happy with their own developing bodies and faces. However, the media and magazines which show celebrities as they really are can be quite helpful”.