Chubby fashion models 'will make women fat'?

20 April 2011

Whilst Planet Fashion is constantly being criticised for sending stick insects down the catwalk, a controversial new study, by researchers from the University of Bologna in Italy, says banning size zero models could be BAD for our health.

Why? Well, because the majority of Brits aren’t underweight. So, though it might benefit those verging on an eating disorder, it will only encourage the rest of us to eat… more then we need to.

Dr Davide Dragone and Dr Luca Savorelli said, ‘To promote chubby fashion models when obesity is one of the major problems of industrialised countries seems to be a paradox.’

They argue that increasing the size of catwalk models will change our perception of the ‘ideal’ weight and cause more of us to pile on the pounds.

Meanwhile a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research claims that even looking at an overweight person encourages us to binge.

‘Seeing someone overweight leads to a temporary decrease in a person’s own commitment to his or her health goal,’ say authors Margaret Campbell and Gina Mohr.

So – if these findings are to be believed - we should not only ban plus size models from the catwalk but also dump all our weighty friends IMMEDIATELY.

Or do you think this is total nonsense?

- Amy Molloy


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