By the numbers: standard of beauty

Nearly 50 percent: When researchers obtained the Body Mass Index for 500 women who were professional models, they found that almost half qualified as malnourished according to World Health Organization standards.

Source: Patricia Owens, “Weight and Shape Ideals: Thin is Dangerously In,” Journal of Applied Social Psychology 30 (2000): 979-990. Based on 1998 data.

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