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Make clothing mannequins that represent us

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Clothing mannequins are often too thin. Some portray unrealistic body sizes/shapes that are unhealthy if not impossible to achieve. It promotes serious self-esteem issues and eating disorders. We should feel beautiful without sacrificing our health. 

This is a call for clothing retailers to step up take responsibility and move towards using mannequins that:

  1. would fall in the healthy BMI category: A recent study found mannequin bodies to be "representative of a severely underweight woman"
  2. represent diverse shapes and sizes of the human body: even within the healthy range, there is huge variation so why suggest we should all look the same with one uniform mannequin build?

Why change?

  1. It effects men and women but young girls are particularly vulnerable. Eating disorders are one type of a serious condition that can be fuelled by the image of mannequins
  2. Physical AND mental health are at risk and this could easily be avoided
  3. Barbies with more realistic figures have been developed. Why can't we do the same with the bodies that display the very clothes we wear?

For more information, read my story on BBC3 or watcg my video on BBC radio 5 live

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