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Health and fashion - bound by a slender thread
Posted by aparna on 09 May 2008
The fashion industry is taking the world by storm. Fashion shows are being held every other day and new designers and design labels crop up regularly. Women and men alike are obsessed with the fact that they have to look good, and looking good comes with a price. Women nowadays try to look chic and hot to the cost of their health as well as their bank balance. There was a time when skinny women weren't considered for marriage and healthy and fat women were in demand. Now ages after that era, being skinny seems to be the new in thing. Models and regular women alike try to survive on minimal amount of food just to fit into a size zero. This phenomena, more than fashion, has taken the world by storm. I'm here to give you the facts about size zero.
Size zero is a women's clothing size found in the US system. It is equivalent to a size 4 in the UK. It is characterized by a waist size of 24, a 32 bust size and a 32 hip size. You can almost imagine how a woman of this statistics would look. If you can't, then just take a look at Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives fame, the famous supermodel Kate Moss, Kiera Knightly, Micha Barton or most super models walking the ramp. The question that most ask is how healthy are these women? Since the World Health Organization has proclaimed any woman with a Body Mass Index under 18 as underweight, size zero models arent exactly healthy. Most of them live on diet soft drinks and salads and drink too much water.
The furor about size zero cropped up after Madrid Fashion Week banned models with a BMI under 18. This happened after Uruguayan model Luisel Ramos (look at her in the picture) died of a heart attack after a fashion show. She had reportedly tried to survive on diet soda and lettuce. Following this catastrophe, Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston died of anoxia after eating only apples and tomatoes for months. All this has questioned the normality of size zero. Doctors and nutritionist say that its an outright health hazard. It also ruins the body image of other women, compelling them to diet or become bulimic or anorexic. The teenaged girls are the most affected by this size zero trend. They resort to unhealthy means in order to try and fit into a skimpy dress.
The big question remains, is it worth it? Well, most women seem to think so. Even Indian women, who have been adored because of their curvy and slightly plump frame, are working out twice as hard and dieting twice as much in order to follow the international trend. The perceptions of beauty and body images are changing overnight. Fashion seems to have taken a toll on everyone. The fact remains that all we can do is talk about it. If you really want to do something about it, just love your body and yourself. Being comfortable in your skin is all it takes to stay healthy.
Ranger wrote on 10 May, 2008
There is a commercial interest behind the size zero that often gets unnoticed.
Quite frankly, beautiful women come in all shapes and sizes. And today, when
most people think of an attractive woman in the fashion sense, they usually imagine a slim-hipped waif with hollow cheeks, narrow shoulders, and a rather
unremarkable bustline. This is what commerce has brainwashed modern society
into believing is the ideal woman.
It is a lie, propagated by marketing forces and fashion designers who use
the obsession with a slender female form as a means to earn millions of
dollars selling weight-loss products and other health routines.
Chemical_Sister wrote on 10 May, 2008
There is another female form that has been idealized for centuries. She is the familiar hourglass or pear-shaped woman of wide hips, an ample bust, plump cheeks, soft-full lips, and a generally healthy profile of alluring curves and crevasses.
She is the Rubenesque Woman.
Chemical_Sister wrote on 10 May, 2008
By the way why she died of a heart attack? May be she had a congenial heart disease and it is unrelated with size zero. I personally feel that there should be a balance, neither too thin is good or a rubenesque figure is desirable. Maintaining a healthy weight is very important for a disease free (many diseases are actually linked with obesity) long life.
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