The article is about plus-sized fashion models, who have become more of a main-stay in the fashion world in the last few years.You can read the whole article, but in a nutshell, it quotes two Italian doctors as saying:
To promote chubby fashion models when obesity is one of the major problems of industrialized countries seems to be a paradox.I think Sassy said it best in her retweet: Are you f***ing kidding me?
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But in order to achieve the look of some runway models, young girls engage in behavior that's just as unhealthy as being overweight. Anorexia and bulimia are every bit as detrimental.
So why are they viewed as less of an issue? Let's be honest - it has exactly zero to do with health.
Most plus-sized models are not unhealthy, and certainly not obese. They're taller (like most models) and have a bigger frame, and therefore their ideal weight (and dress size) is higher. In today's world, "plus" often starts at size 14, sometimes even 12. Many women will tell you they'd love to fit into those sizes. (According to just about every google result I found, 12 is the average in the US.)
Plus size models are well proportioned. Their hips, waist and bust may all be bigger, but they're not carrying extra weight. Which is perfectly healthy - and, many men will tell you, very attractive.
So if there's no real health issue with promoting this body-type, then what's the problem? Why do people still have an issue with overweight versus underweight?
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None of that is true. I call myself curvy or chubby, because it's honest. The truth is, my body is programmed not to lose weight. Could I if I tried? Maybe. I have in the past - though the only time I ever got below a size 12, it was in the most unhealthy way. When I stick to proper eating and exercise habits, the lowest I've gotten was a size 14 - and that was in my twenties. Now, I'm a 30-something who's never had a baby - something my body is designed to do - so my hips and waist, in particular, resist any weight-loss effort.
The real health issue we face is looking to anyone else for our ideal body type. Everyone is different, and the ideal for one person is not the same as the next. Labeling one person as the "goal" is where the problem starts. Chances are, you won't measure up. Once that happens, your self-esteem takes a hit - and then what? You either embrace an unhealthy lifestyle in order to achieve your goal - or you give up, stop caring and stop taking care of yourself.
We shouldn't have to choose between mental and physical health. Both are achievable.
The real goal should be to define what you want to be. What's healthy, and right, for you? How do you go about getting there? Then set about doing that. Stop comparing yourself to others. Find, and live up to, your own style and show off your own best features.
Be your best; and be happy with who you are. If we all did that, the world would be a much healthier place.