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Obese Mannequins Spark Outrage & Make Us Wonder Why Fat People Are So Hated
December 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Obese Mannequins Spark Outrage & Make Us Wonder Why Fat People Are So Hated

Posted by Deborah Cruz on December 5, 2012 

Obese MannequinLast week, Reddit was ground zero for the latest battle royale in the war on fat. It’s bad enough that society has such a low tolerance for heavy women on television and the big screen, but now we can’t even stomach the sight of heavy mannequins in our stores. When a user posted a photo of a larger-than-average mannequin along with the comment, "Anyone else horrified that they make obese mannequins too now?" the Internet responded with hatred.

People were actually angry about the mannequins, and many commented on their size. The whole thing ignited a heated debate on whether or not overweight people can ever be healthy and whether or not overweight mannequins can in some way promote an "obese lifestyle."

Why does it bother people so much that mannequins are made to reflect the size of the people wearing the clothes? It's kind of ridiculous and sheer fantasy when you go into a plus-sized shop and all the clothes are pinned to smaller-sized mannequins. It doesn't give an accurate idea of what the clothes will look like on. Are we just a society in denial? Would we prefer that we all go through life Photoshopped, and if we can’t be molded to fit the impossible standards, we should be locked away like Quasimodo in a tower?

We cannot keep lying to ourselves about obesity. It is real, and the sooner we face it and try to get healthy, the sooner we will all be better off. Getting mad because mannequins are fat is not the answer. Heavyset mannequins are not the problem. They are only a symptom of the problem.

We need to get mad and motivated that we are becoming unhealthier as a nation and do something proactive about it. It’s like the old saying, "Hate the sin, not the sinner." I say, hate the unhealthy lifestyle, not the plus-sized mannequin that's just a reflection of what so many Americans look like today.

Do overweight mannequins offend you?


  • WritingMom777
    December 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Doesn't offend me but that is a weird looking mannequin.  The arms are abnormally short.  Somebody seems to have cut off half the forearm and then stuck on hands.  I think I'm more offended that they couldn't make a realistic looking overweight mannequin.  I am a normal weight and I hate how skinny the regular mannequins are.  They don't look realistic either.

  • Una75
    by Una75
    December 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    It's seriously disproportionate in areas, but, in a way, better than nothing. Most alpha runs require tweaking.

    I'm one of those people who's ticked at the lack of representation.  No, I'm not proud of my weight, but I do have to wear clothes so it'd be nice to have a realistic idea of what they'd look like on.  There are a couple of catalogue companies that I don't buy from anymore because they refuse to use actual plus sized models.  Size 10/12 is an average size, not a plus size, and therefore isn't representative of the average customer ordering from them.

    We don't live in an ideal world.  There are always have been, and there's always going to be people all over the weight spectrum, so certain people need to stop trying to sweep us under a rug.  Obesity is not a simple, cookie cutter problem that's going to disappear because certain people are offended by it.

  • Megzboys
    December 14, 2012 at 2:20 AM

      I think that the plus sized mannequins make sense in a store that sells only plus sized clothing whether that be a mens store or a woman's store.    How else can you see if you would look ok in it?   I don't understand the whole anger thing about it.   Not all plus sized people are unhealthy and simply have a larger bone structure then other but that does not mean they are fat or unhealthy.   Our society is in denial about far too many issues and weight is a major one.   

       I do think that the show Drop Dead Diva have a lovely plus sized woman in the lead and I think that is great!   Curves are beautiful and should be accepted and not scorned.    I personally think that the round faced and full figured women look more youthful then those who are so slim that their cheeks are sunken in and they wrinkles stand out.    Just my opinion though but I know many beautiful full figured and curvy women who have hsubands that love them just as they are. 

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