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Here is Why Mannequins are responsible for the Rise of ‘Body Image’ Issues!

Mannequins are found to have unusual body types that can be matched almost to a severely underweight woman

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Mannequins in clothing stores
Mannequins at display in clothing stores. Pixabay
  • Most of the mannequins occupying the fashion-stores are not only disturbingly thin, and possess quite unusual and chiseled looks
  • It has been revealed that eating disorders, thyroid problems are among the number of issues that are caused due to such shapes
  • Altering the shape and size of the regular mannequins will not resolve the issues and solve the body-image problems in an instant

June 22, 2017: When we walk into a retail shop or a clothing store, we are confronted by mannequins whose shapes are nothing that resemble most of the girls and the women that we know. Most of the mannequins occupying the fashion-stores are not only disturbingly thin, and possess quite unusual and chiseled looks.

Mannequins are found to have unusual body types that can be matched almost to a severely underweight woman. Now, this unrealistic representation of the human body is not only confined to female mannequins; the male counterparts of those life-sized statues are not any different. But the women of the society have been observed to be more affected by this unrealistic representation of the human shape, because body-image issues impact the women more than it does so to the men.

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Surveys and research all over the world show that multiple diseases and problems are caused by the mannequins with their ‘emaciated’ body shapes. It has been revealed that eating disorders, thyroid problems are among the number of issues that are caused due to such shapes; as women, mostly children and teenagers and the young adults, tend to acquire the unrealistic chiseled shapes like the model mannequins of the store as the fashion clothing on those are appealing to the extreme. Hence, the desire to possess such a body results into eating disorders and multiple other problems including the heavy obsession with surgeries and intake of steroids and such stimulators that affect the muscles and the cells. Failing to do that, one falls prey to depression. It has become a widespread issue around the globe now.

In young girls, the obsession for dolling up and looking perfect like the hugely famous Barbie doll is quite an old issue. The ultra-thin mannequins donning attractive outfits in the fashion stores, take that issue one step further as to leading the young girls into believing that the body shapes flaunted by those mannequins are the standardized representation of a perfect female form. Hence, an overweight kid is often found to be depressed or suffering from inferiority complex, born from the fear of not being accepted into the society.

Absurdly thin mannequins have been an age-old topic of conversation. But, given the rise of body-positivity and abolishing the social stigma of fat-shaming and body-image issues, the unrealistic representation of the female body by the mannequins, is a much-researched concern now.

Altering the shape and size of the regular mannequins will not resolve the issues and solve the body-image problems in an instant. It has to be communicated to the young girls, adolescents, and the young-adult females of the society, that the unattainable body-shape showcased by the mannequins, is not the ideal human form to chase after! Also, the society needs to become more open-minded, less judgmental, and way more accepting in order to lift the curse posed by body-image issues. We still have a long way to go. But the change should begin now, the time has arrived!

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Mannequins promoting ‘dangerously thin’ and unrealistic body ideal, can be dangerous for Young Adults

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Mannequins, Wikimedia

London, May 3, 2017: Don’t go by the body size of fashion store mannequins for they are “too thin” and promote unrealistic body ideals which can be dangerous for young adults, warn researchers.

The study, published in the Journal of Eating Disorders, found that the average female mannequin’s body size was representative of a severely underweight woman.

These ultra-thin models may prompt body image problems and encourage eating disorders in young people, the researchers said.

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“Because ultra-thin ideals encourage the development of body image problems in young people, we need to change the environment and reduce emphasis on the value of extreme thinness,” said Eric Robinson, from the University of Liverpool in Britain.

However, altering the size of high street fashion mannequins alone would not “solve” body image problems.

“What we are instead saying is that presentation of ultra-thin female bodies is likely to reinforce inappropriate and unobtainable body ideals. So as a society we should be taking measures to stop this type of reinforcement,” Robinson said.

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“Given that the prevalence of body image problems and disordered eating in young people is worryingly high, positive action that challenges communication of ultra-thin ideal may be of particular benefit to children, adolescents and young adult females,” he noted.

For the study, the team surveyed national fashion retailers located on the high street of two cities in Britain.

The average male mannequin’s body size was significantly larger in contrast to the average female mannequin’s body size and only a small proportion of male mannequins represented an underweight body size. (IANS)