The latest public body image kerfuffle comes to us from Reddit, where one reader posted a picture of an obviously overweight mannequin in a store.
The reaction on the online forum, ranging from praise to horror, has anyone with a waistline talking. But it has us wondering, is this really such a big deal? Of course we want to set healthy examples for each other and our kids, but the fact is that people come in all shapes and sizes, and a lot of us come in larger ones!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that nearly 70 percent of Americans are categorically overweight or obese. The average American woman wears a size 14, yet a typical store mannequin clocks in at a size 4 or 6. What’s going on here? Are retailers appealing to shoppers’ wishful thinking or are the heavier majority simply being willfully ignored?