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The latest group to join the debate over super-skinny fashion models is Academy for Eating Disorders, an international organization based in Northbrook, Illinois. The group is releasing recommendations that would set up strict age and weight requirements for all models.

The recommendations are very different from those put forth last week by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. That group’s recommendations were (as summed up by the New York Times) to focus on “education reform and better working conditions” for models. The fashion designers took that step to head off just the kind of formal restrictions called for the doctor’s group. So now the real debate can begin.