Thursday, April 23, 2009

Miss Universe Pageant Under Fire

I have been reading with interest the controversy surrounding Australian Miss Universe contestant Stephanie Naumoska.

The 19-year-old is five foot eleven and weighs 105 pounds. This puts her BMI (body mass index) at 15.1. Medical experts say the healthy BMI range is 20-25, therefore this would suggest that Ms Naumoska is grossly underweight.

Australian Medical Association president Dr Rosanna Capolingua, says "The most unhealthy part about it ... is the image it is showing other young women who may view this as normal, when clearly it is not."

I agree that this portrays a dangerous message to young girls, especially those aspiring to a modelling career, and share the view that pageant officials need to adopt a new condition of entry, and introduce a minimum BMI.,21985,25372447-662,00.html

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