Reluctant as I am to wade into any debate about size-ism, I have to say that I did look at the beautiful model, above in Zac Posen, and felt an instinctive “oh no, that’s just too thin …” vibe wash over me.
It may be, and I really do hope, that this young woman is one of the few that are naturally thin rather than having to starve herself to this extreme slenderness but it does concern me that, whilst there is a relentless anti-obesity drive in our society, any genuine health concerns about women being ‘too thin’ is subsumed in our admiration of the skinny size zero.
Surely extremes at either end of the weight spectrum are equally undesirable and ‘healthy’ actually spans quite a wide range of the wonderful variety in humanity’s shapes and sizes.
As a society, we seem to have lost any position of balance on this issue to our own detriment in terms of happiness, kindness and long term health, I suspect.
Wouldn’t most of us like to see more live-and-let live about size and shape?