Doctored magazine images anger AMA

FASHION magazines should cease using images of women with “extremely altered” body proportions, the American Medical Association (AMA) says.

A policy adopted at the AMA’s annual meeting late last month calls for the establishment of guidelines for publications and advertising companies – particularly those targeting teens – on the appropriate use of Photoshop in images.

“In one image, a model’s waist was slimmed so severely, her head appeared to be wider than her waist,” a supporter of the policy said in a statement on the AMA’s website.

“We must stop exposing impressionable children and teenagers to advertisements portraying models with body types only attainable with the help of photo-editing software.”

And in a move against hot dog eating competitions, the AMA also recognised “competitive speed eating as an unhealthy eating practice with potential adverse