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This area is exactly that; everything anybody may want to get off their chest about body image and eating issues, and general AnyBody flavoured topics.  Vent your body image issues, eating successes and pitfalls, talk back to those destructive women's magazines and advertising agencies. And help us with comments/suggestions on our 2008 campaign to see more body diversity on this years London fashion week catwalk - we're going to be hitting the streets with poscards and video virals, so watch this space!

Treat it like your own personal soap box, and leave those comments here!    Harassment.
I am naturally thin and I have to deal with people calling me names and accusing me of having an eating disorder. I think we should all of us love our bodies, no matter what they weight. It's not okay to call people "fat" or skinny." It's not okay to discriminate against people because of their weight.
February 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMK
People may ask how putting larger models on the catwalk can really help in the whole body issue/eating disorder debate. And the answer is this: if fashion designers increase their sample size from a 0 (UK size 4) to a healthy size 10-12 (one step at a time!) then the models on the catwalk will be healthy looking, and these sample sized garments are then passed on to fashion magazines and advertisers, who will also then have to use a bigger size model, thus the chain reaction begins with the fashion designer and the sample size they choose to make. This ripple effect will then continue though fashion and other industries, so as you see the fashion designer has more power than what they may realise to begin this societal change….
February 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterelise slater
This disappearing of the female flesh began in the 1960’s – so just as feminism was allowing women more space society demanded that we shrink and become obsessed with aesthetics and silence women.
February 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterelise slater
- Fashion functions by being unobtainable, by producing ASPIRATIONAL images that discriminate – throughout history the fashion of the time has always been whatever is hard to achieve – so when you required money to become plump that was the ideal, it evevated you above the ‘plebs’. Now that thinness requires time, effort, money and ultimate control that is the ideal in this western world full of cheap fast foods. Fashion always has to remain unobtainable to create it’s allure, it relies on the fact only a few people can achieve it’s ideals, it is all about exclusion, sumptuary control and superiority. The problem is now that for many that try to obtains fashions current ideals the results are life destroying.
February 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterelise slater
- when you have an aesthetic that excludes people you will get two extreme reactions, which is why the size 0 debate is so closely linked to obesity issues – give women more realistic body images and it will also have positive effects on the incidences of obesity.
February 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterelise slater
While I think it is important for women and men to be healthy, there are a lot of different body sizes in the healthy range. I'm tired of seeing tall, skinny models EVERYWHERE, not just on the catwalks or fashion magazines, but in all types of advertising and movies too. Frankly, I have begun to see the model type as both unattractive and boring, because I've had it shoved in my face for so long. And I'm also sick of so-called "plus-size fashion", which has nothing to do with fashion and everything to do with shapeless sacks - I don't care who designs it. Often I see something in a clothes shop that would flatter me, but of course they don't carry my size, despite the fact that I am only one or two sizes larger than what most stores carry. Sure, I need to get healthier, but, in the meantime, my self-esteem takes a battering everytime I can't find something suitable to wear. And fashionistas, I'm not going to remove every non head-hair from my body and I'm not going to wear make-up everytime I leave the house and I refuse to spend huge amounts of money on designer fashion - so there!
February 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

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