Claiming that edited photos on social media are "fueling a mental health crisis," a British MP has proposed a bill that would require celebrities to label images they post that have been digitally altered.
Tory MP Dr. Luke Evans said a preponderance of edited pictures of stars was creating a "warped view" of beauty that no actual person — including young, socially-pressured youth — could actually live up to.
Celebrities have a "responsibility to not mislead young," Evans said.
Though the law has been proposed in Britain, body image problems have also become extraordinarily common in America. According to a study done by the Park Nicollet Melrose Center:
- More than 80% of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat.
- 53% of 13-year-old and 78% of 17-year-old American girls are unhappy with their bodies.
- By middle school, 40-70% of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body.
- Nearly 30% of 10-14-year-olds are actively dieting.
- More than 50% of teen girls and 30% of teen boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors.
Despite those alarming statistics, there has been no known talk among U.S. lawmakers for a similar legal effort.