Body | Beauty | Culture The body image debate is as much about women’s health as self-confidence and having the blessing of the fashion industry. AOC has been ferocious in our criticism of size 0 fashion models as the standard of beauty, because BMI’s of 15-18 carry a host of long-term health problems.
Researchers have found another one, this time confirming in a large survey of over 14,000 people that dieting and thinness don’t deter the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Muscle mass and strength are also very important. The fashion industry has eschewed muscles in women in the last decade, promoting the condition sarcopenia — low skeletal muscle mass and strength — as the standard of beauty. Indirectly, the size 0 beauty standard also promotes Type 2 diabetes.