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

Say What!? 88

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?

Image via ReddityDoopity/Reddit

body image, obesity, self esteem


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amiec... amiecanflie

Saying it's okay to be obese is just as bad as saying it's okay to starve/purge until you're a 00. Let's promote being HEALTHY. I don't see anything wrong with the mannequin, how else are you going to show what the clothes are gonna look like? 

Megan Johnson

Just seems like common sense.  If you're at a store for plus-sized women or men, why would you try to stick the display clothes on standard mannequins?  

tnyangel tnyangel

Actually I have been offended in a whole Plus Size Store like The Avenue and seeing skinny mannequins, what good are these to me? 

Andi Dodd

I agree with tnyangel... as a plus size woman... its very discouraging to see i size 14 outfit (thats the smallest Avenue carris) on a size 6 mannequin.  But, also as a big girl... I've been subject to the endless comments by people who think "they just want us to be healthy."  Bullshit, you want to pick on someone who you feel you're better than.  Do you really think you're telling us anything we don't already know?  No, pointing out the obvious only makes you look stupid. 

dirti... dirtiekittie

i don't see the big deal. if you're seeing a 'fat mannequin' it's because you're someplace that sells 'fat clothes'... and why would you be there? denial is a heavy-handed hitter, ain't she? i say just get over it, it's not that big of a deal to reflect what we are really like. and, i honestly believe this can have the opposite effect. how many people say "i didn't realize what i looked like until i saw a picture/ saw someone as large as me / etc". maybe this will impact some people on a different level. 

nonmember avatar kaerae

Fat hating aisde, this mannequin is CREEPY! Anorexic head on enormous body. Why didn't they do a head that fit the body? Anyway, failing to acknowledge that obesity is dangerous and expensive is not mean. Why not a mannequin holding a cigarette so we don't offend all the poor little smokers with their genetic predisposition to smoking?

nonmember avatar Ams

It's hilarious to me to hear or see people say that anyone not fitting the "standard size" is unhealthy. I've been over the average size weight my whole life but each time I go to the doctor I'm told that I'm perfectly healthy, no risk for heart attack, no diabetes, no high blood pressure or cholesterol, just a little extra weight that seems to make me more attractive to men than a size 4 or 0. So honestly as long as I am HEALTHY, I really don't give too much thought about what these ridiculous people say about what is "standard" and "average"...

Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone

Oh geez.How ridiculous. My weight has always gone up and down.When I'm in a chubby phase of my life, I WANT to see how the clothes would look on my body type so a plus sized mannequin is something I would appreciate. If you don't like it, don't look or don't shop there, but don't be a mean petty whine-ass bitch about it.

momma... mommacatof3

Considering it's a men's store and it's a male mannequin,no I'm not in the least bit offended. As a plus sized woman I would rather see curvy mannequins so that I can see how the clothing looks. I will say that poor mannequin has seen better days. His foot is all taped up,his hands are too small and it looks like they stuck a baby doll head on the top and called it a day. rolling on floor

nonmember avatar zach

Wait, that's a male mannequin? Nice man-boobs he's got. At any rate, a fat mannequin doesn't offend me, but you know what does? People who act as though being fat is ok. It's NOT ok. It's just as (or more) unhealthy than being anorexic. Why do people try to make excuses for being overweight? Quit eating so damned much and go exercise!!

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