I stumbled across a post on Instagram that poses the question, should mannequins be overweight to represent the average American? I don’t think there have been many overweight people to walk into a clothing store and say “these mannequins aren’t big enough, I’m out.” I think this is because people aren’t meant to be overweight and obese. You’re not born needing a seatbelt extender or a size 2XL in clothing. And people who are overweight can recognize that plus size isn’t the standard.
However, there has been an unfortunate shift thanks to the fat acceptance and body positive movement. People care about making sure everyone fits in and feels accepted, which doesn’t sound bad. The problem is that people would rather be coddled than to hear the truth. I realize that bodies come in all different shapes and sizes. And you can be beautiful, smart, funny and amazing, but you cannot be healthy and obese.
Obviously there needs to be plus size clothing and activewear available. What else are overweight and obese people suppose to wear? But I don’t think the answer is plus sized mannequins. Our eyes will adjust to overweight mannequins and this will become the new standard when you walk into a store.
It’s expensive to mass produce different sized mannequins. A few years ago, Nike launched a plus sized mannequin. If it makes one person buy activewear, it is a great investment. I just don’t think that money should be wasted in making different sized mannequins. Those profits should go to advertising and making better quality clothing in all sizes.
No one is really being represented by mannequins. It’s common knowledge that you and that mannequin have very different bodies, which is why you always try on clothes. The average size mannequin is 6 foot with a 24 inch waist, which absolutely no woman has those measurements. Not everything is going to be catered to you. I’ve realized this real quick being 5 foot. There are zero clothing store mannequins out there that represent my short stature, but I’m not crying about it. I know I’m not the average sized woman. You can’t do anything about your height, but you can definitely do something about your weight.
Do you think overweight mannequins should be a thing?
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The fat acceptance movement has gotten way out of hand, so we’re going to have a conversation about that. No one should be mocked, bullied, or ridiculed for the way they look. Looks don’t last forever, so always choose health over aesthetics. You aren’t defined by your appearance. You can be obese and beautiful, but you can’t be obese and healthy. And yes, everyone deserves to love themselves, but love is simply a word if you don’t take action. If you’re obese, but keep saying you love and accept the way you are, you’re choosing self-harm over self love. Giving into your food addictions and laziness is not self love. Sometimes the best thing to do is tell yourself “no”. Loving yourself doesn’t mean giving into everything you want because you feel like you deserve it. Too much of anything is bad whether it’s drinking too much vodka or eating too many potato chips. No one looks at an alcoholic and says “they must really love themselves”. Ultimate self love is practicing habits that are going to improve the quality of your life. Sure, we only live once and we should enjoy the ride. But how long will the ride last if you don’t perform maintenance on the roller coaster? If you want to live a long, healthy life, you’ve got to take care of the vessel you’re in.
Fat acceptance has created this excuse to be lazy because you’re beautiful just the way you are. Fuck that. You’re not going to be beautiful when you can’t get out of bed or walk down the hallway. Everyone’s beautiful in their own right, but you cannot be fat and healthy. Obviously, women come in more sizes than a 2 and we should celebrate our individuality. But celebrating obesity is irresponsible. There’s a reason why you don’t see 80 year old obese people walking around. Obesity comes with a myriad of health issues like diabetes, cancer, hypertension, and heart disease that will end your life sooner than you’re ready. Over 300,000 preventable, obese related deaths happen every year. Meanwhile, we have fat acceptance supporters making it normal to binge and ignore the link between too much fat in your body and the health risks that come with it. Fat acceptance should be accepting the state you’re in and taking the proper steps to change.
What does fat acceptance mean to you?
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