Underweight Models Banned in Spain

  1. Can you believe it? I can understand the desire for sending women a healthy message. Not crazy about governmental interference, however:



    http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe...els/index.html
    http://www.time.com/time/europe/eu/a...535663,00.html
    Last edit by indigo girl on Sep 28, '06
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    Yes. As the article reported some people are just naturally quite thin.
    I have friends like that. They get full after eating a small amount. Also they lose their appetite when stressed and cannot be still.

    I know a man, an RT, who won't sit at the computer. He constantly shifts his weight from right to left. It looks like he is doing aerobic exercize. He does it in conversation and while a patient is taking a treatment too.
    No wonder he is skinny.
    Wish I were like that.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Yes there are naturally thin people. But the modeling and clothing industry have young girls believing being 5 feet 11 and 110 pounds, looking like a scarecrow in fancy couture is the STANDARD and somehow THAT needs to CHANGE! The so0-called "plus model" is actually rather AVERAGE not "plus sized" as advertised.....it's lunacy.

    I have no beef w/naturally- extremely-thin people. But let's face it; they are in the minority. SO WHY are the MAJORITY of models and the like STICK THIN?

    That is the issue we need to tackle. For our daughters' (and increasingly, our sons') sakes!
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Yes there are naturally thin people. But the modeling and clothing industry have young girls believing being 5 feet 11 and 110 pounds, looking like a scarecrow in fancy couture is the STANDARD and somehow THAT needs to CHANGE! The so0-called "plus model" is actually rather AVERAGE not "plus sized" as advertised.....it's lunacy.

    I have no beef w/naturally- extremely-thin people. But let's face it; they are in the minority. SO WHY are the MAJORITY of models and the like STICK THIN?

    That is the issue we need to tackle. For our daughters' (and increasingly, our sons') sakes!
    I agree. just don't want a law outlawing thin models.

    And a 5'10" size 12 is NOT plus size. She is slender.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    A law is extreme. But I wish there were something to be done to reverse the trend in a less forcible fashion. Living in a family rife w/eating disorders, I am rather sick of these models. Even my 7 year old dd asks all the time, "am I fat, Mommy????". There is something wrong there, don't you think?
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    A law is extreme. But I wish there were something to be done to reverse the trend in a less forcible fashion. Living in a family rife w/eating disorders, I am rather sick of these models. Even my 7 year old dd asks all the time, "am I fat, Mommy????". There is something wrong there, don't you think?
    Kids are sponges . . .

    My 5 year old has recently been talking about his blood sugar and why he can't eat certain foods because it will raise his blood sugar. Guess we've been talking a bit too much about Dad's diabetes.

    There is an increase in obesity among our young . . .. but we also want to not make weight the focus of their value as human beings.

    A tightrope to walk . . . .

    steph
  8. by   Medic2RN
    Kids are sponges!
    I try very hard to watch what I say about myself around my 3 year old. They learn about the world and themselves from their parent's perspective.

    A law is a bit extreme. The fashion industry has changed a little - the 'plus sized' AKA 'normal person' model would have never been in advertisements years ago. However, the super skinny is still the popular trend.
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    So NOW there's punishment for being skinny, too? Just because Kate Moss was a cokehead or some other model puked her way to thinness doesn't mean they all did, yet they're all being treated like they went to extremes to do it? "Sorry you can't be in this fashion show, your metabolism's too high." What a crock of discrimination.

    There ARE people out there that are naturally skinny as those models. Sorry, maybe the intent of the outlaw was supposed to be positive, but this is outrageous. This just screams that you can't be one extreme or the other, you have to be perfect.

    The only fairness in this would be to have models in ALL shapes and sizes.
    Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on Sep 28, '06
  10. by   indigo girl
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    The only fairness in this would be to have models in ALL shapes and sizes.
    I like that idea.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I would rather see models represent our real population....mirroring its size. The average woman in the USA is like 5 feet 5 and 150.....so let's see that already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Yes there are naturally thin people. But the modeling and clothing industry have young girls believing being 5 feet 11 and 110 pounds, looking like a scarecrow in fancy couture is the STANDARD and somehow THAT needs to CHANGE! The so0-called "plus model" is actually rather AVERAGE not "plus sized" as advertised.....it's lunacy.

    I have no beef w/naturally- extremely-thin people. But let's face it; they are in the minority. SO WHY are the MAJORITY of models and the like STICK THIN?

    That is the issue we need to tackle. For our daughters' (and increasingly, our sons') sakes!
    SBE, I must say I agree with you 100%. Those runway models with the stick arms look so unhealthy. They are certainly not the norm, nor should they be what every woman should strive to be.
  13. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from indigo girl
    I like that idea.
    Yes, models of all shapes, sizes, and height would be best, IMHO.

    Why are those runway models close to 6 feet tall when the average height of a woman is around 5'7"? BTW, don't say because men like tall women, either
  14. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    BTW, don't say because men like tall women, either
    I certainly won't, because the vast majority of the time i've seen, most prefer short than their height.

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