Scouts search for models at anorexia clinic

Last updated 15:02 19/04/2013
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SCARY SKINNY: Here a model walks the runway for Versus in Milan - the latest worrying news from the fashion industry is that Swedish agents are using eating disorder clinics as recruitment hotspots.

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A treatment centre for eating disorders in Stockholm says talent scouts from modeling agencies have been standing outside their premises to try and recruit the patients as models. 

"We think this is repugnant," Anna-Maria Sandeberg, the chief doctor at Stockholm Centre for Eating Disorders told Sweden's Metro newspaper. "People have stood outside our clinic and tried to pick up our girls because they know they are very thin.

The incidents have forced the clinic - which has room for 1,200 patients at any time - to change the way patients leave the premises. One reported incident involved a talent scout for a modelling agency approaching a 14-year-old and giving her their business card. 

It's unclear at this stage how many agencies - if more than one - are involved. 

The fashion industry has long been criticised for promoting an unhealthy body weight, with the latest shocking inside report coming from former editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia, Kristie Clements, who claimed in her book 'The Vogue Factor' that Australian models would eat tissues to get "Paris thin". 

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