At the same time that the average American is getting too fat, actresses and models are becoming too skinny (and setting a dangerous precedent for ordinary women).

Dr. Eric van Furth, president of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) says, “Too many models have died from eating disorders. Recent tragic deaths highlight the urgent need for industry regulation.”

Women and men over the age of 18 should have a minimum body mass index threshold of 18.5, which means that a female model who is 5′ 9″ must weigh more than 126 pounds. Any weight below this is considered underweight by the World Health Organization. To find your own body/mass index rating, click here.

In New Scientist, Roxanne Khamsi reports that the hourglass figure has not only been popular throughout most of human history, it is also the healthiest body type. Modern, Babie-doll shaped bodies for women have only became popular very recently.

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