Karl Lagerfeld: Being Fat Is Bigger Issue Than Being Anorexic

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Karl Lagerfeld: Being Fat Is Bigger Issue Than Being Anorexic
Statistics, according to Karl Lagerfeld, are an inexact sort of science. Much like politicians, he's able to masterfully tweak them to suit his arguments with talk show hosts, and that's just what he did when Cathy Newman of London's Channel 4 asked him for his thoughts of anorexia. 

Turns out that Karl doesn't really even seem to believe in anorexia as a serious fashion-industry related problem. Instead, he claims that "nobody works with anorexic girls." That's right. Luisa Ramos, who died from a heart attack at age 22 due to complications from anorexia just happened to wander on to all of those runways. Ana Carolina Reston and Isabelle Caro, too. 

Lagerfeld then threw some arbitrary numbers out there. He claimed that there are less than 1% of girls who are anorexic, and that 30% of French girls are overweight. In the actual world, France has one of the lowest rates of childhood obesity in the entire developed, and 15.8% of all French kids were overweight as of 2008. And though his 1% is at the low end of the estimated rates of anorexia worldwide (1-5% of women are believed to suffer from the disorder), 40% of 9-year-old girls have been put on or put themselves on a diet. By age 13, 80% of girls have dieted. 

There are nowhere near that many dangerously overweight little girls out there, so something (ahem ahem cultural standards) is a bit skewed. And though junk food isn't good for anyone, it's disappointing to see how unyielding Karl has been in denying that the dangers of anorexia exist at all--especially when he works with women in the highest risk group for eating disorders.
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