What better way to spread awareness about eating disorders than through laws? I looked online and found a few recent laws that relate to EDs. The first is from Virginia, where the local government enacted a law that will allow schools to do ED screening and will require them to tell parents the results. I think this is a good idea, assuming students don’t lie.
In practice, I’m pretty sure students with eating disorders will just lie if they don’t want to be found out. And I’m wondering if this will inhibit students from coming forward to counselors about their issues if they will be reported to their parents. I didn’t go to a counselor in high school, but I doubly wouldn’t have gone if I knew they were just going to tell my parents about my problems.
In New York, the same kind of law is being debated.
And Israel has recently banned underweight models. I guess this is good, since it means models won’t be under so much pressure to be thin, and it might cut down on the number of their eating disorders. I don’t think it will cut down on the number of regular citizens who develop EDs though, because as you saw in my previous post, I don’t think the media plays much of a role in the development.
What do you think? Are these laws helpful or hindering? (ha, alliteration. Love it)