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Published: Wednesday, March 12 2014 1:30 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

So if Target did use a model with the exact same body shape as the picture that ended up being shown would the feminists and body image people stop their crying?

I don't think so.

If the argument is based solely on the fact that Photoshop was used - fine, go cry about it. Tell us how its impossible.

But what about next time a very attractive and thin model is used somewhere and she ISN'T photoshopped?

You're still going to cry and say its unattainable.

We have a bigger(pun intended) problem of big people in this country than we do of too skinny people.

So if our choice is the country obsessing over losing weight vs. obsessing over what their next fast food meal will be - I'll take obsessing over looking skinny.

Happyinlife
PROVO, UT

Chris B,
Extremes in either direction are never a good thing, but you clearly don't seem to know much about the dangers of obsessing over looking skinny. I have been one of those who obsessed about being skinny to the point of being nothing but skin and bone because I wanted to be more like the models being thrown in our faces from the media. Fortunately I have been able to recover somewhat, though it has taken years, and can see how unrealistic and unhealthy the obsession really was. Anorexia and other eating disorders are real and dangerous and I have known many, many girls who have struggled to overcome them. These images from all over the media (including adds from Target) that proudly show the gap that so many pro ana girls are striving for is anything but good.

Good to see people stand up to unrealistic views of how a woman should look.

Maudine
SLC, UT

@ Chris B: "But what about next time a very attractive and thin model is used somewhere and she ISN'T photoshopped?"

Depends - did she get that way without surgery but through proper diet and exercise?

If a model is healthy and thin, that is great - 30 years ago that was the standard. The standard nowadays is too often surgical enhancement or photoshopping - both of which prevent very impossible standards. (And for the record, this is so prevalent, they are now doing the same thing to male models causing young men to have body image concerns also.)

I will agree with you that being overweight is also a concern, but we are not talking dichotomies here - the choice is not skinny or fat. There is a very valid middle ground and that is where we need to encourage people to be.

Maudine
SLC, UT

@ Chris B: "We have a bigger(pun intended) problem of big people in this country than we do of too skinny people.

"So if our choice is the country obsessing over losing weight vs. obsessing over what their next fast food meal will be - I'll take obsessing over looking skinny."

Interesting thing about that - individuals who suffer from eating disorders related to being thin are a smaller (no pun intended, the subject is too serious for that) percentage of the population than individuals who are obese, however individuals with eating disorders related to being thin, particularly anorexia nervosa, have an increased risk of death higher than the increased risk of death related to obesity.

An obese individual is 3x (300%) more are risk of death than an individual of normal weight - an individual with anorexia nervosa is 6x (600%) more at risk of death than an individual of normal weight, twice as at risk as an obese individual.

Just because they are harder to point out in a crowd and their appearance may not be as "objectionable" as that of someone who is obese, doesn't mean it is a better state - it is actually much more dangerous.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

Target + Picaso

Not much different than the rest of the shopped world these days. The sad part, is with how much people obsess about their "health" these days, it's not much different than some actual people either.

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

Maudine,

"An obese individual is 3x (300%) more are risk of death than an individual of normal weight - an individual with anorexia nervosa is 6x (600%) more at risk of death than an individual of normal weight, twice as at risk as an obese individual."

And, like you say, we have more people who are obese than we do people who have a serious eating disorder - and more people in the country are dying from being too large than they are from being too skinny.

Eliyahu
Pleasant Grove, UT

The problem with the Target ad was not that it was photoshopped. Everyone does that these days. What made Target a target was that it was photoshopped so badly. It looks like something I would have done the first day I was learning to use Photoshop. Blank rectangle between her thighs, jagged spot of flesh under her armpit, etc, etc.. I'm inclined to think of it as a demonstration of why middle management should hire professionals for some jobs and not try to do photo production themselves.

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