Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Plus-size models doing big girls no favours

WHY are we suddenly lavishing love on the larger ladies given that half of all Australians are overweight, and one-fifth of us are morbidly obese? ...

But in what is hailed as a breakthrough for "normal" females, big women are the latest fashion craze.

Indeed, this month's Fashion Week In Melbourne abandoned the usual stick insects for some models who were size 14-18.

It was a breakthrough to see fashion shows using not just ridiculously skinny models that make thin women feel fat.

But was it really a breakthrough for good health?

Let's be honest.

While these women might make us feel better about our bulging butts and guts, the truth is, few women over a size 14 are in a healthy weight range. ...

But there are also many larger people who are just plain fat, and who would be better off being encouraged to lose weight rather than always be told it's okay to be overweight. ...

Let's face it, Australians - like Americans - do not need any encouragement or permission from role models in the media to put on weight. ...

But it's time to get real - fat people may be happier but they're also digging their graves with a fork, and we're all paying for it.

I don't want to just see the latest fashions on models who have to run around in the shower to get wet.

Suzie O'Brien


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