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Health Officials Claim 'Overweight’ Models Glorify Obesity

There are calls for obese models to be banned from fashion runways after doctors warned that “drastically overweight” super models are sending out the wrong message in reagrds to health.

Australia Medical Association NSW president Dr Brad Frankum fears the popularity of “extremely overweight” models actually glorifies obesity, and is potentially as damaging as having drastically underweight models on the catwalk.

A recent Sports Illustrated fashion parade which featured 'plus size' models has been criticized in some quarters as being “irresponsible”.


The Daily Telegraph’s Soraiya Fuda said this week:

“My argument here cuts both ways. If the fashion industry decides to stop using models who appear to have starved themselves to skin and bones — as they should — they shouldn’t then choose to promote an equally unhealthy body shape.”

Dr Frankum said:

“We don’t want anyone to feel ashamed or embarrassed by they way they look and everybody needs to wear clothes ... but there is a difference between being confident in who you are and promoting a healthy weight message,”

‘It’s a difficult message but just like we don’t use cigarettes to promote products I don’t think we should have unhealthy weights promoting products.”


However Butterfly Foundation chief executive Christine Morgan claims:

“A person’s health shouldn’t be determined by their physical shape or size as this reaffirms social stereotypes and creates societal assumptions,”

“Health experts are the only people who can truly able determine a person’s health and it sets a dangerous precedent for non-health professionals to make judgments.”

Meanwhile Body Positive Australia director Sarah Harry, has defended the use of overweight models.

“Including diversity of size is representative of society,”

“There’s no such thing as glorifying obesity because of the bias people who are bigger experience they go whether it’s the doctor, shopping or an aeroplane.”

Daily Telegraph

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