There is a movement afoot in the fashion world, both in the U.S. and abroad, to do away with the images of terribly thin models. They serve as role models, and especially for young girls, it can be very destructive.
The editor of Allure magazine on a TV newsclip recently said her publication has a deep sense of responsibility to women, and they take it seriously. When they slip and display photos of women who are too thin, they hear it from their readers. The National Eating Disorders Association has also been speaking out against such images as well, saying that this is not what causes eating disorders, but it adds to the problem.
One deleterious effect these thin-as-can-be models have on women who are overweight is to make them feel hopless. You can look at the models and understandably think it's no use, you can never look like that, so what's the point?
If this movement to change the idealized overly thin symbol of the perfect woman succeeds, it will help so many of us - young girls, young women, middle-aged women, mature women. It will also go a long way to help women who feel hopeless about losing weight and looking good.