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Plus Size Mannequins: Good or Bad for Women’s Health?

I read an article today which disappointed me. The title was, “Plus Size Mannequins are bad for women’s health.” The beginning of the article goes like this,

“The day you chuck your thin wardrobe is the day that you’ve decided the weight you’ve put on isn’t coming off again. The old you, the ghost you who could slip into those trousers and shiver inside that dress—she has been eaten into submission; she isn’t coming back. And I suspect that when chief

[U.K.] medical officer Dame Sally Davies criticizes the introduction of size 16 [a 12 in U.S. sizing] mannequins in Debenhams, it’s because she thinks they represent that moment of surrender on a national scale. We could have a sugar tax and install a cycle network, but maybe this is who we are now: Maybe we’ve simply come to an accommodation with our bigger selves.”

In my opinion, plus size mannequins are BETTER for women’s health! Who ever said that a size 1 or 2 mannequin signifies health? A size 12 woman is most definitely not morbidly obese… So since when did having a mannequin of a more relatable size signify that women have “eaten themselves into submission” of their large selves? I am mystified.

Yes, I agree with doctors that we should always encourage people to lead active, healthy and productive lives. One should not be jeopardizing their health because of their weight. HOWEVER, this does not mean that being a size 12 or 16 means you aren’t healthy and active. I workout 3 to 4 times a week and eat healthy – lots of fruits and vegetables, white meats largely, I limit my grains and eat small frequent meals…. I am a size 16. I am tired of people telling me I am “fat” or unhealthy -this is the way my body is made, this is my make-up.

Women have NOT surrendered on a national scale to weight. What we have surrendered to is the fear that our daughters will suffer from countless eating disorders and body issues if we continue idolizing unrealistic ideals presented to us in the media. We need to be a healthy society, but we also need to be more realistic about what the average woman looks like!

We are not accommodating for weight – we are accommodating for health. I’m tired of hearing about young girls or women even, suffering from bulimia, anorexia, anorexia athletica … The list goes on. We need to have better role models and healthier icons that represent us. I want to be able to look at a mannequin and think – that could be me if I put that on. Not, that could be me if I had 70 pounds less on me and you shrunk my hip bones and got rid of my breasts…. Is this not what children think? Is this not all that they see?

What are your thoughts?


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