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Urban Outfitters pic of model w/ “Thigh Gap” Banned? Outrageous!

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Is this what the world has really come to? According to reports, the hip and pricey retailer, Urban Outfitters was forced to remove a picture of a slim model from its website and the models so called thigh gap had a lot to do with it.

 

urban-outfitters-thigh-gap-hed-2015Here’s the photo in question. There is nothing unhealthy looking about this woman. She is slender and in shape – and furthermore, we have no clue if she has a thigh gap since she is standing with her legs wide apart. Anyone but obese people would have a space between their legs when they stand like that.

So, in a nutshell – the UK advertising standards authority (ASA) has forced urban outfitters to remove this photo of a model with a “thigh gap” (but really just slender attractive legs) from its websites stating that it’s irresponsible and harmful.

To whom exactly? I guess the women who don’t look like this and feel that anyone who does is somehow forcing them to starve themselves into submission. It’s not like it’s actually possible to get slim by eating lots of nutritious whole foods and exercising regularly (/sarcasm)

Jo Swinson, the minister for women and equality, supported the decision stating that banning the photo encouraged positive body image.
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Surprise surprise. Here’s a photo of Jo rejoicing at the reveal of SIZE 16 mannequins at Debenhams (the avg. size mannequin was a size 10) – claiming to reflect the average woman! Seriously, can someone pinch me and awake me from this nightmare?

We seem to be moving backwards and instead of helping women lower the average size, people like Jo coddle and help keep women complacent by just moving the marker for what should be considered a healthy, average weight/size by calling it the new normal.

This woman claims to promote body confidence, a wonderful euphemism for fat tolerance and more accurately fat encouragement, since she seems to have a problem with slim women celebrating or showing their bodies.

Urban outfitters claimed that they didn’t believe the image was a problem stating that it was a common practice to use slim models in the underwear industry and the model was not underweight or unhealthily thin. So now, urban outfitters has to ban the thigh gap.

And you know what – Urban Outfitters was right! No one wants to see overweight/obese models in underwear. It does not make the clothing look better and certainly doesn’t make me want to run out and shop.  Average sized women (that’s the real average size and not the new normal average sized) definitely won’t be persuaded into buying clothing by seeing it on women heavier than them.  So who exactly is this benefitting?

Methinks if you want to be overweight or fat and proud then you need to realize that you will have to get lane bryant catalogs that specialize in that niche. Other retailers want to appeal to the masses – it’s just a smart business decision!

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Demi Lovato Joins in on the Thin Shaming w/ Thigh Gap Hate

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thin shaming courtesy of demi lovato

thin shaming courtesy of demi lovato

After famously struggling and supposedly beating an eating disorder, Demi Lovato has jumped on the thin shaming bandwagon by posting an instagram picture of herself to all her fans with the classy caption “Ph_kkk yo thigh gap”.

 

That’s right – in an absurd move to push back against fat body shaming (who are all these people shaming and demanding that Demi Lovato get a thigh gap?), she has resorted to being a total hypocrite, and kind of a tool, by turning right around and shaming women with thigh gaps (including many of her very own fans i’m sure).

I just thought I’d point out that her logic is flawed because although it’s clear she meant to degrade skinny women with her comment, overweight and average sized women and men can have thigh gaps if they have wider hips.

Additionally, there are those who are able to obtain a thigh gap through healthy diet and exercise (e.g. a fitness model who eats whole unprocessed foods and exercises regularly is able to maintain a low body fat (get very lean) and thus might have a thigh gap with narrower hips, as I explain in my best selling book, “The Thigh Gap Hack”)

There is a way to uplift and be happy in your own body without tearing others down, Demi. And I have to think if you need to call people out for their thigh gaps in order to make yourself feel better you are not as secure and confident as you claim to be.

Final note – have you ever noticed how people who claim to hate or not care thigh gaps just can’t stop talking about it? It’s funny because the things I don’t care about rarely ever cross my mind.

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Health at every size? Are you Lying to Yourself?

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I have heard a lot of people who want to feel better about being overweight or obese claim how ‘healthy’ they are despite their size, and I’m sure I’m not alone. You hear it all the time: “You can be overweight and healthy” or some other “fat acceptance” propaganda meant for us to not criticize or make assumptions about the way a person looks as it relates to their health despite the high likelihood that a heavy person is not going to be the model of health.

In fact, there’s even a “health at every size” campaign trying to convince people that those who are severely obese are actually “healthy” and have a good relationship with food!

Now, I am by no means saying that just because you’re skinny or slim that you are healthy! We all know this, we’re focusing on an entirely different matter so let’s dismiss this strawman argument off the bat.

Here’s a clip from the Dr. Drew show with Meme Roth addressing the issue and making some very valid points:

:Sigh: When are people going to stop lying to themselves?

Thank God for people like Meme Roth, and the many readers who send me notes daily reminding me that I’m not in another galaxy, who point out the obvious without mincing words. You’d think people who recognize the truth are in the minority because many of the loudest people on the internet are a part of the obese/overweight crew, and in fact the overwhelming majority of Americans are overweight (over 2 in 3 adult Americans are overweight).

These folks collectively push their DANGEROUS fat acceptance agenda/speech to feel better about the lies they tell themselves.

Yes, fat acceptance is dangerous as explained beautifully by Meme in this quote:

“Yes, my entire family is obese and I have to tell you when you grow up with the people that you love and respect the most and you see the hardship, the damage to their bodies and spirit due to obesity it breaks your heart.

My grandmother just passed away this February and she lay in a bed for four years, not even getting up to go to the bathroom because she got so heavy she had to be put in a home. It’s just beyond tragic and I think calling what gets people to that point beautiful is dangerous and really cruel. I think it comes from a good place wanting people to feel good…”

Just as we discourage anorexia and bulimia, we should discourage the other side of the coin. Our bodies were meant to be lean – not lugging around a bunch of excess weight (as evidenced by the many diseases associated with being fat and obese).

So, the question I want to ask you if you’ve arrived here from the Cosmopolitan article after taking offense that someone could dare be helping women achieve a body size/aesthetic that THEY find attractive is, “Are you lying to yourself?”

Are you are lying to yourself when you claim you love your ‘fat’, ‘overweight’, or ‘curvy’ body, throw up your first for being a BBW, and jump for joy in public over having thick, thunder thighs? Do you secretly pine on the inside to be slim and fit, wish you could get your disordered compulsive eating habits under control, and feel beautiful without a doubt? Then let me help you!

My book is called ‘The Thigh Gap Hack” but it’s not ONLY about getting a thigh gap. If you want a thigh gap, I’m all for it – because it’s your body and you’re entitled to make it look the way you want it to.

I’ll help you get slimmer, feminine legs in a HEALTHY manner, but my book WILL ALSO teach you how to get lean and slim down all over by using unconventional fitness tips that will increase your metabolism, reset your hunger, burn your STORED fat, and keep the weight off forever.

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You’ve got 99 Problems but your Thyroid Isn’t One!

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Are people serious about losing weight? I mean, really serious? Because I hear so many excuses as to why people can’t eat right and exercise that I can’t decide if folks actually believe the things coming out of their mouths or not.

One of the most common excuses you’ll hear for why people can’t lose weight and change their bodies: Thyroid Problems!

They can’t help it because their thyroid problems, not their food choices and addictions and lack of exercise, makes them fat.

Well, if you’re one of those people with the ubiquitous thyroid problem, the American Thyroid Association and I have news for you, but you’re probably not going to like it because then what will be your excuse?

According to The American Thyroid Association, in an article entitled “Thyroid and Weight”, posted on June 4, 2012 – hypothyroidism only accounts for a 5 to 10 lb increase in weight.

“What is the relationship betwen hypothyroidism and weight gain? Read More

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