mandag 18. mars 2013

Provoking Claims - Swedish Mannequins can promote Obesity

I'm sure you've seen the image taken of the mannequins in Sweden by now as it's spreading all over the place.

All is good right? I mean we all like that they display a "normal" sized woman in the window... 

Well, apparently not all of us are happy about this.... 

On the picture above you see a standard size store mannequin on the left, and on the right you see the mannequin all the fuzz is about....  Most seem to agree that the mannequin on the right represents the actual average female body, and that the one on the left is not much more then a spindly clothes hanger with limbs which is the standard in the fashion industry today... 
And here comes the "but"...

Some people are actually saying that displaying mannequins like the one on the right promote obesity in women. 


...Let's talk a bit about Obesity.

Below you see a person who suffers from the medical condition knows as Obesity.

"Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems.[1][2] People are considered obese when their body mass index (BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by the square of the person's height in metres, exceeds 30 kg/m2.[3]"
Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide, with increasing prevalence in adults and children, and authorities view it as one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century.[8] Obesity is stigmatized in much of the modern world (particularly in the Western world), though it was widely perceived as a symbol of wealth and fertility at other times in history, and still is in some parts of the world.[2][9]

What do you think?

Do you think that if we stop having size 00/XS/34 mannequins in the store windows that we will let ourselves go completely and feel that it's fine to pack on weight to the extremes of obesity?

Will people feel more comfortable in their own skin due to more normal sized mannequins?

Will this change bring new and different types of eating disorders to life?  There are so many that exist today on both sides of the scale, including Anorexia, Bulimia, Obesity, Orthorexia to mention a few.

...And all of this, because of one little mannequin.  (pun intended)  :)

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