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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A little something I wrote for Mammamia.com.au: Why Chubby Models are bad for your health.

So here it is ladies and gentleman. 

The reason why so many of us struggle with our weight.

The reason behind the obesity epidemic facing Western society.

Are you ready for this jelly? 

The blame can be squarely laid upon the fleshy shoulders of FAT MODELS.

Italian researchers Dr Luca Savorelli and Dr David Dragone from the University of Bologna have concluded, that putting larger women on the catwalk (i.e. bigger than a size 8) sends a message to the obese people of the world that it's ok to be fat.  

To promote chubby fashion models when obesity is one of the major problems of industrialised countries seems to be a paradox...Given that in the US and in Europe people are on average overweight, we conclude that these policies, even when they are welfare improving, may foster the obesity epidemic.

Of Course! I bet, this very minute ,thousands of overweight people are stalking the catwalks of the world. If just ONE model dare hit the runway weighing in at more than 50kg they'll all rejoice. I can see them now, pumping their chubby fists in the air screaming: “SEE! She's a model, she's not thin, therefor I can stay fat!”

The good “Doctors” had more truth bombs to share at the Economic Society's annual conference in London this week.

If being overweight is the average condition and the ideal body weight is thin, increasing the ideal body weight may increase welfare by reducing social pressure.”

Just so we're all clear. The “Doctors” feel we should keep our models nice and skinny so we all still aspire to be like them thus ensuring we feel insecure about our imperfect bodies. Who needs the boring excuse of “a better quality of life” to lose weight. We need to feel BAD about ourselves to get on the path to a healthier life. 

Shame = Killer abs.

For the love of all that is good and right in the world! Seriously. These men were given actual money to come up with this crap?! Was this “state sponsored” research? Silvio Burlusconi protecting his orgiastic aspirations? We CANNOT have fat models turning up to sex parties can we Silvio? Even a mask won't cover that.

Obviously, putting more realistic women on the catwalk WILL NOT make overweight people feel good about being overweight. What a breath takingly ridiculous statement. 

Putting “larger” models on the catwalk would be a HUGE step in the right direction.
I could bleat on about “realistic role models” and “positive body image” but anyone with half a brain knows why “real women” on a runway would be a better situation for everyone.


Back to our friends from Italy. I am confused as to why they were concerned about this issue to begin with? Has there been a dramatic increase in overweight models that I am unaware of and did this increase coincide with a spike in the world's obesity rates?

No, no there hasn't been. In fact, models are thinner than ever and obesity rates are the highest they've ever been. I didn't need a degree from the University of Bologna to figure out that either.

Back to the drawing board Dottores.




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