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    See poll ^ ?

    Just curious about your thoughts.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...dels-1.3358377

    SFU research suggests plus-size models may lead to obesity

    Research conducted at Simon Fraser University suggests the inclusion of plus-size models in advertising results in less motivation to have a healthy lifestyle, but critics say the results are overly-simplistic.

    The study, The (Ironic) Dove Effect, claims one of the reasons why being larger-bodied appears to be "contagious" when seen in advertising is because it's seen as more socially permissible, especially when it's coupled with certain types of messaging.

    The research suggests after having seen plus-size models along with those types of statements, the study's subjects made poor food choices, had lower intentions to exercise, and had lower support for programs that serve to curb obesity.
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    SFU assistant professor Brent McFerran says it's probably best to use a variety of body types in advertising and not make judgement calls on their sizes. (CBC)

    "There's some downside to using larger models and then coupling that with statements like, 'these people are real' or normal,' making some value judgements saying that it's ok to be overweight or obese," says study co-author Brent McFerran, assistant professor of marketing at SFU's Beedie School of Business.

    McFerran said research has shown that under-sized models in advertising also have negative effects, as has using larger models and "fat-shaming" them.

    "Swinging the pendulum too far in either direction ... is probably problematic," said McFerran.

    "The usage of a range of body types is probably a good thing, so long as we're not holding up either one of those bodies, be it large or be it small, and saying this is what you should strive to, or this is good."

    Study 'overly simplistic'

    Plus-size model Ruby Roxx decried the research, saying it's "overly simplistic."

    "I don't watch these ad campaigns and go, 'There's my excuse not to go to the gym that day,'" she said. "It doesn't work that way."

    She says regardless of the results, a person's size has nothing to do with how healthy they may or may not be.

    "Only a doctor can tell you that," she said.

    "You just need to think, the weight I'm at: Am I healthy? Am I happy? If I'm not, what can I do to change that? It's not about being something unrealistic."

    The models used in the research were women who met the medical requirements for obesity, meaning they had a BMI of over 30. The series of five studies included in the research had about 800 subjects all together. The research was published in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing.
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    I mean, as long as they're healthy.

    Not all thin models are anorexic, btw. A lot of them are just naturally thin.
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    I don't personally care for it, and think obesity is nasty, but to each their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starfall View Post
    I mean, as long as they're healthy.

    Not all thin models are anorexic, btw. A lot of them are just naturally thin.
    "Plus size" usually means obese, so none of them are "healthy."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starfall View Post
    Not all thin models are anorexic, btw. A lot of them are just naturally thin.
    Healthy weight has limits. Unhealthy weight is the pathology.
    Types examples: video bloggers, actors

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    i think obese models in abundance make obese people feel more comfortable with themselves. whether this does or doesn't contribute to those obese people trying to lose weight is an interesting question. i could see a way for it to go either way. i suppose i don't think plus size models are a significant enough factor in all of this to care about. if there are plus sized clothes it makes sense to have plus sized models.

    i suppose by creating clothing for fat people we accept that they are here among us, and then by having fat people model the fat clothing we are expressing this acceptance; and with greater acceptance more people might feel free to also "just let themselves go," but yes, i think that's just too simplistic a way to look at it. it fails to acknowledge all the factors, and is already based on judging the obese as lazy gluttons (that stereotype)... so the question they really want to ask is "why can't we just condemn them?"
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    i wonder if widening the body image in advertising has effected sales either way. (didn't really read anything in this thread besides glancing over it, if that got answered)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy8419 View Post
    "Plus size" usually means obese, so none of them are "healthy."
    Depends on where they store weight. If they have a larger midsection then yes, they are at a risk for health issues. If they store fat mostly in their hips, butt and thighs, they will be healthier. This is largely due to genetics though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starfall View Post
    Depends on where they store weight. If they have a larger midsection then yes, they are at a risk for health issues. If they store fat mostly in their hips, butt and thighs, they will be healthier. This is largely due to genetics though.
    Don't those people run risks of limb diseases and joint damage? I've seen people with big lower bodies have their limbs basically rot off, but don't remember what causes it, other than obesity.

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    This is a weird topic, but generally I would not support plus size models, because in situations where they are a little more than plus size, they make people think being unhealthy is ok.

    There is a fat acceptance tied to this that I think is so much liberal permissive gobbledygook.
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    I'm still surprised that people are so intent on actively condemning obese people. Afaik a lot of the acceptance movement starts from wanting to not be essentially harassed for appearing in public and not be instantly prejudged by health professionals based on size for any single health problem an obese person may have, even hereditary problems for eg, which would occur regardless of size.

    Secondly, since when has shaming something socially ever made that thing disappear? (Hint: drugs, child abuse, kinky sex.) Thirdly, if someone's shape is of such dire importance to you, don't you need a hobby? Fourthly, if you care SO MUCH about people's HEALTH then at least have some consistency and become a health practician.

    Besides, by the tenets of social darwinism it'll be more space on earth for your future offsprings.
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    Plus sized girls need to wear clothing too, so why not have a woman of their size modeling clothing for their body type? Why is this such an issue?

    btw, telling obese people that they are gross and need to lose weight is unhelpful and can make the issue worse. They know that they are unhealthy. Their weight is often linked to a deeper emotional issue.

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    The point is, that you should not condone obesity, but at the same time, you should not condemn the obese. Obesity is a state, an object. The obese are people, that which is destined to overcome the negative. That said, if you uplift and make comfortable an obese person, it is harmful, if it is not followed by the positive reinforcement of behaviors that will lead to a healthy weight.

    You: Hey!
    Fatty: Hi!
    You: Those clothes look great on you!
    Fatty: Really?! Thanks!
    You: Yeah! Come on, let's go!
    Fatty: Where?
    You: I wanna take you to see this thing on the other side of the park!
    Fatty: The other side of the park? Way over there?
    You: Yeah! Come on! Everyone will get to see how great you look in your outfit too!
    Fatty: Well, I don't know...
    You: It's going to be great! Let's go! You have to see this!
    *Fatty gets some exercise, and enjoys doing it*

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    Finally someone! I can't believe it took them so long... Both obesity and underweight are dangerous and presenting both might cause harm to the healthy perception of human's body. Overweight people who say "I am just happy with my self" have no idea what harm they actually cause to their bodies and how can they suffer with different chronic diseases in the future.It's a paradox that it's usually perceived right to tell an underweight person to gain some weight, but telling an overweight person to lose is generally seen as an insult.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fay View Post
    Finally someone! I can't believe it took them so long... Both obesity and underweight are dangerous and presenting both might cause harm to the healthy perception of human's body. Overweight people who say "I am just happy with my self" have no idea what harm they actually cause to their bodies and how can they suffer with different chronic diseases in the future.It's a paradox that it's usually perceived right to tell an underweight person to gain some weight, but telling an overweight person to lose is generally seen as an insult.
    That's slightly obvious isn't it? Most the U.S. is overweight lol. If most were underweight, it would be like the little old Chinese ladies that tell their grandsons to eat some more lol.

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    My opinion on this topic confuses even myself. On one hand, it's nice to see real looking women because it makes me feel less guilty for being chubby myself. On the other hand, I think it sends people the wrong message. For example, on this one entertainment website that I follow, they are all about showcasing this one model who is 300lbs. I get that they want to promote body positivity, but I mean come on...that is not the right way to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jessica129 View Post
    My opinion on this topic confuses even myself. On one hand, it's nice to see real looking women because it makes me feel less guilty for being chubby myself. On the other hand, I think it sends people the wrong message. For example, on this one entertainment website that I follow, they are all about showcasing this one model who is 300lbs. I get that they want to promote body positivity, but I mean come on...that is not the right way to do it.
    That's what that is. They get money for people viewing it. It's not "glamorizing" that girl, it's making her into a zoo attraction. No one looks at it (as opposed to like Victorias Secret) and thinks... Man... If only I could be THAT fat...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fay View Post
    Finally someone! I can't believe it took them so long... Both obesity and underweight are dangerous and presenting both might cause harm to the healthy perception of human's body. Overweight people who say "I am just happy with my self" have no idea what harm they actually cause to their bodies and how can they suffer with different chronic diseases in the future.It's a paradox that it's usually perceived right to tell an underweight person to gain some weight, but telling an overweight person to lose is generally seen as an insult.
    Telling an underweight person that they are too skinny when they struggle to put on weight can be just as hurtful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starfall View Post
    Telling an underweight person that they are too skinny when they struggle to put on weight can be just as hurtful.
    I'm almost underweight, simply because I don't deal well with the hassle of feeding myself lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy8419 View Post
    I'm almost underweight, simply because I don't deal well with the hassle of feeding myself lol
    You are probably what some people would call an "ectomorph", whereas most of those plus size models are "endomorphs".
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    Quote Originally Posted by SisOfNight View Post
    You are probably what some people would call an "ectomorph", whereas most of those plus size models are "endomorphs".
    Hmmmm.... Seems possibly correct. Guess I wouldn't know without a good supply of food lol

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    every model should have a healthy bmi, avoid nicotine and drugs, be free of disease, and engage in regular public service, so as to prevent sending the wrong message. silly as fuck. OR some models can be underweight, some average, some overweight, and they can just do their jobs?? like, who fucking cares??

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    I think it's kind of unfair when bigger size clothing gets modeled by a slim model. It's misleading. So I think plus-size models are just like regular models, for the respective-sized clothing. After all, that is the role of a model -- to model clothing for the consumer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lungs View Post
    every model should have a healthy bmi, avoid nicotine and drugs, be free of disease, and engage in regular public service, so as to prevent sending the wrong message. silly as fuck. OR some models can be underweight, some average, some overweight, and they can just do their jobs?? like, who fucking cares??
    Because body shaming is all the rage.

    I know that if there had been plus-size models when I was in my teens, I would have never hated my body the way I did. Diversity is about giving everyone something or somebody to relate to and not feel like a freak.

    And I really like to see what clothes look like on my body type before I buy them.
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    its also worth noting that this is a plus-size model.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lungs View Post
    its also worth noting that this is a plus-size model.

    She looks perfectly healthy and not obese at all, and also looks like 65% of the people I see on a daily basis. This is what I think of when I think of plus sized modeling.

    I believe some people in this thread have a misconception about plus sized modeling because of Tess Holiday's recent rise to fame. She is beautiful, but at an unhealthy level, unlike the woman in the picture above. Fwiw, I doubt women are going to aspire to be obese because of Tess, but she may help the confidence and self esteem of a girl out there who has battled with the issue, and this is a positive thing rather than negative.

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    but tess holiday is someone the term 'plus-size' actually seems to apply to. the fact that perfectly normal looking women are considered 'plus-size' shows how skewed the modeling industry has been to begin with.

    (not that I necessarily think this is evidence the industry 'needed' plus size models for better representation or whatever - I really don't care because its about profit and if skinny sells or fat sells is up to the consumer and I don't see the modeling industry as providing a public service that needs to send the right message to the kids or whatever. but the fight against plus-size models seems like really misdirected energy, especially from people who never seemed to care about kids emulating kate moss)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lungs View Post
    its also worth noting that this is a plus-size model.

    WTF ... her BMI must be like 20.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lungs View Post
    its also worth noting that this is a plus-size model.

    Needs to lose 10 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fay View Post
    WTF ... her BMI must be like 20.
    No, around 22-23. Average models have it around 18.

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    Let's all post our BMI's and preferred BMI's of potential mates.

    Me: 21. Mates: 19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Persephone View Post
    No, around 22-23. Average models have it around 18.
    She looks slim to me. My BMI is around 19 I think I look similar to her. But I guess the fact she's wearing the black sweater on the top makes he look skinnier and the way she stands must also play its role in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy8419 View Post
    Let's all post our BMI's and preferred BMI's of potential mates.

    Me: 21. Mates: 19.
    BMI is bullshit oftentimes...

    Quote Originally Posted by Fay View Post
    She looks slim to me. My BMI is around 19 I think I look similar to her. But I guess the fact she's wearing the black sweater on the top makes he look skinnier and the way she stands must also play its role in it.
    Also our friend photoshop visited her quite a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Persephone View Post
    BMI is bullshit oftentimes....
    Oh. Sorry. Females can post their bra-size too, so we can take that into weight considerations.

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    My BMI is 17.8, but probably less since I didn't put my actual weight (working on gaining it back). I look and feel my best at least 15 pounds heavier. At this weight I have low energy.
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    Another yearly reminder that BMI is merely your height to weight ratio, and not representative of bone density, tissue density, water retention, volume of fat vs volume of muscle, fat and muscle distribution leading to body shape, height of hair on your head, preferred brand of sunglasses and colour of last fireworks watched.
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    @Starfall nooooooooooooooo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy8419 View Post
    @Starfall nooooooooooooooo
    Why? If I gained only 10 pounds I'd have a less than 19 BMI, which is still slim. Plus, I lift weights and eat clean so it'd be extra muscle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starfall View Post
    Why? If I gained only 10 pounds I'd have a less than 19 BMI, which is still slim. Plus, I lift weights and eat clean so it'd be extra muscle.
    Oh lol. Well I dunno what you look like, so no idea if that would make things better or worse imo lol

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