There is a great article in the newest online edition of Bust magazine that I wanted to tell you about today. It's a great read and has opened some dialogue concerning the topic of plus-sized models. The piece is about a controversial (for good reason) study about whether plus sized models contribute to the growing obesity epidemic.
Keep in mind that a "plus sized" model is a model who is size 10 and up. Do you consider someone who wears a size 10 to be fat? I certainly do not!
The two authors in this British study, Dr. Davide Dagone and Dr. Laura Savorelli claim, “Given that people are on average overweight, we conclude (that using larger models) may foster the obesity epidemic.”
Really? I am curious how they reached this conclusion. What about being a size 12 or 14 or 18 or whatever you may be that is curvy and seeing size 2 models on plus sized websites modeling clothes? Can you relate to that?
If you are buying something on the Lane Bryant site or Avenue or Torrid, do you want to see someone who is 5'11 and weighs 125 pounds modeling the item you're planning to order in a size 14? I don't. This study is ridiculous and makes no sense. Perhaps the people who conducted this study would like to research the impact of the media on eating disorders and poor body image instead.