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Posted: 13 years ago
With waif like models being pulled off international catwalks, Indian teenagers too need to do a rethink, says Nona Walia
 

TIMES NEWS NETWORK


   TODAY'S teenager has a new religion – being super thin. In fact, they weigh much less than what they weighed ten years ago. 

   Recently, models with a Body Mass Index (BMI) lower than 18 were not allowed to participate in the Madrid and London Fashion Weeks as they were considered unhealthy role models. Not surprising, as studies reveal that while 25 years ago, the average model weighed eight per cent less than the average American woman, today's model weighs 23 per cent below the national average. This trend is true in India too, according to dietician Shikha Sharma, "The average weight of a teenage girl is much less than what it used to ten years ago. Today's teenage girls are much thinner. This is a cause of huge concern. You'd be surprised what girls are eating to be ultra-thin. They survive on one toast the whole day. They've started taking laxatives to be thin. In fact, I have many 19-year-olds coming to me and complaining that they are fat – this when they weigh all of 45 kg! They don't want to exercise, they only want to either starve or eat junk." 

   Blame it on the slew of new goddesses – the list includes Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham. Two rail thin women who now epitomise global thinness. Just as they appear to shun extra flesh on their bones, the average Indian teen abhors every extra inch or flab. Being thin is their new obsession, and one that has experts and nutritionists worried. 

   Says Vandana Luthra, who initiated the 'fit and thin' revolution, "Girls five years ago used to be healthier and fatter. There's an unhealthy obsession to be thin. Young girls are competing with each other to be the thinnest one. Today's teen has redefined thinness. Even thin girls are unhappy with their body. They want to look like supermodels. But it's unhealthy – these girls are starving themselves. Plus they are gorging on junk food, which doesn't give them the required energy or glow. As a result, they all look sickly. These girls are also undernourished and dehydrated as most of them don't even drink water!" 

   The urban Indian teen is now perpetually starved, all in the quest of attaining that seemingly invisible level of thinness. In fact, this also is a global phenomenon – The Guardian reports how the mantra today is that being thin gets you noticed. It gets you a contract as a TV presenter or a model or a singer in a girl band. Thin fast-tracks you with far more alacrity than a degree in history. Clearly, thin and skinny sell like nothing else. 

   Says Dr Shobha Kaul, of Personal Point, Delhi, "The glamour world has new standards of thinness. Recently, a 28-year-old mother of two came to me as she desperately wanted to weigh just 45 kg. She told me that she'd do anything to become a model. Such is the desperation to look ultra-thin." 

   In fact, Marcia Cross, who plays Bree in Desperate Housewives, recently admitted that staying thin was "a living hell", and that she felt she had been banned from eating since joining the show. As you flip through glossy pages of a fashion magazine or feast on FTV, being ultra-thin is the message that'll be pounded into your head. Fashion magazines like Vogue also feature ultra-thin models. In fact, Vogue's editor, Alexandra Shulman, in an interview with The Guardian, says, "We are not saying you have to be like this." 

   Right. However, do designers endorse the ultra-thin look? "No," says designer Puja Nayyar, "I don't think hyper thin models look good. I prefer models with a more sculpted and toned body. Sapna Kumar is quite thin, but she has a sculpted body. Meanwhile, Neha Kapur who is ultra-thin, fortunately doesn't look pale. But many of my clients, like young brides, are getting thinner than what the average bride was even five years ago. Yes, there's a new thinness revolution in India and no, it's not necessarily a healthy one."
 
 
 
 
1)So is thin really "In"....Ermm
 
2)Do the filmstars and models set a bad example to the youth..Ermm
 
3)Why is so much importance being given to the "Thinness" ...Ermm
 
4)So is looking anorexic( a la Kate Moss) more important than looking "toned"(a la Bipasha)
 
 
 Your viewsSmile
 
 
 
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Posted: 13 years ago
WOW.. A hit on the nail Buffie Clap

1)So is thin really "In"....Unfortunately YES! ...And seriously it shouldn't be.. my 10 yr old niece doesn't take proper meals becoz she doesn't wish to gain weight!!Shocked... and NO AMOUNT of maa ka pressure is working on her Ouch

2)Do the filmstars and models set a bad example to the youth.. No question.. it is a fact... wht they are saying..."Be ultra thin.. other wise u will suffer!!" .. i just don't get it.. why don't teenagers think that "BE URSELF" is the best funda ever!!

3)Why is so much importance being given to the "Thinness" ... Media Angry Blame them.. and then blame the comparison makers around us.. Angry peer pressure... who looks the best... we will have more oppotunities.. only good looks(body) gets every thing... even wht they show in commercials?? Dead .

4)So is looking anorexic( a la Kate Moss) more important than looking "toned"(a la Bipasha)... Tonned all the way! eat healthy.. and plz eat.. i beg.. plz eat HEALTHY food. STOP junk.. it leads u no where... even I am fat bhiTongue... major reason is a medical treatment(for illness) earlier this year.. but still i eat healthy... raw veggies.. proper protein.. milk.. juices.. and PLZ water too... u will lose wt even if u walk only 30 min in the morning and 30min at night (that is wht my doctor told me)

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Posted: 13 years ago
1)So is thin really "In"....Ermm
 
In the modeling industry, yes. Anorexia and Bulimia are the newest brand names.
 
2)Do the filmstars and models set a bad example to the youth..Ermm
 
The ones who say that being ultra-thin means being beautiful most definitely do.
 
3)Why is so much importance being given to the "Thinness" ...Ermm
 
I think initially, weight was not given too much of a concern and people ended up being overweight. This exposed them to various cardiovascular problems.
 
Hence, the idea of losing weight came into play. Unfortunately, thinness came to imply = good health and good looks, which was not necessarily the case.
 
Even a thin person can have high cholestrol; the fact that they are thin does not make them realize this until its too late!
 
4)So is looking anorexic( a la Kate Moss) more important than looking "toned"(a la Bipasha)
 
Absolutely Not. Actually, toned women look prettier and healthier than the anorexics.
 
As Maryam said, one needs to eat a balanced diet. Most people do not eat all of what is required of them or do proper exercise.
 
It takes a lot of will-power to follow a balanced diet + exercise routine. But, once you get used to it, you will be able to lose weight.
 
Brisk walking/cycling coupled with lesser fatty foods, sweets is the best way to start losing weight.
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Posted: 13 years ago
Originally posted by Buffie


 
 
1)So is thin really "In"....Ermmyes sadly thin is in; no one appreciates anyone who is "fat'; fat people have a load of health problems; BAD clothes; and the diet industry makes million of pounds and dollars due to the popularity of diets such as weight watchers, south beach; atkins; because yes thin is in
 
2)Do the filmstars and models set a bad example to the youth..Ermmwell these ppl do set the trends in fashion and looks and young girls and even women and men all over want to look good so indian girls want to be as thinnn as say riya sen and deepika padukone so they can wear the outfits that Ash does versus girls in the west who want to look like lindsay lohan or kate moss or tyra banks 
 
3)Why is so much importance being given to the "Thinness" ...Ermmthe media projects it as--thin is beautiful and thats what is believed; all the adverts/commercials show thin women; the movies have women struggle to be thin for their next role;its a trend..
 
4)So is looking anorexic( a la Kate Moss) more important than looking "toned"(a la Bipasha)looking toned is more important--eating fruits and vegetables and exercising regularly can ward off illness and make one look good; thats my opinion and i hope with ppl like Bips around and their much pblicized struggle with weight loss utp a toned body at least young girls of indian origin can realise that being toned is better than being anorexic(which can get so severe as to be a life-threatening illness)
 
 
 Your viewsSmile
 
 
 
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Posted: 13 years ago

Originally posted by MNMS


Welcome back Tanaz Hug

Yes,Welcome backSmile...DM wasnt DM without Aparna di and youSmile

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Posted: 13 years ago
1)So is thin really "In"....

thin is definetely in. And i think the reason that its so in is because most people these days do weigh a lot more in the past because of our fast food craze. Thus, we immideately shun obesity because there are so many obese people, and make the skinny people the elite class. It sort of like discriminating against people who weigh more than normal.

Anorexia is also a physcological disorder, which needs to be dealt with, however many parents do not realise that their children have a weight problem, be it too much or too little. I had a weight problem when i was younger, and soon i started to starve myself. But even as you get skinnier, your brain still has a "fat" image of you, so even if you have lost a significant amount of weight by starving, your brain still makes you think that you're fat. (according to my doctor, who helped me out of anorexia)

People today confuse dieting with starving, when you diet, you naturally lose weight, however starving is unatural and people dont know when to stop, because they no longer know how to.. or that they cant.

2)Do the filmstars and models set a bad example to the youth..

People can do whatever they want to do in their private time, but if they are celebrities and influence a lot of youth then they have a moral obligation to not publicly announce their anorexia or bullemia and praise it. Examples are Nicole Richie and Lindsay lohan, whom many teens look up to, however due to their obbsession in becoming skinny, they dont realise that thousands of girls follow them, whether those celebrities want them to or not.


3)Why is so much importance being given to the "Thinness" ...

Media hype has a lot to do with it, when they show celebs with anorexic problems they make it seem cool to the younger generation. Also, photoshopping model pictures so that they look better and skinnier in pictures is also a very big issue. Even the models themselves do not look like their pictures!


4)So is looking anorexic( a la Kate Moss) more important than looking "toned"(a la Bipasha)

Oh my, well after reading my explaination i believe you have my views on it. I would rather have be a chubby healthy kid, than a skinny unhealthy child anytime.


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Posted: 13 years ago
[quote=buffie]

1)So is thin really "In"....

Yes its in, Indian models& actresses are also aping the west and models are starving themselves and looking for impossible figures THis is further bostered by the International fashion & other magazines launched in India.

2)Do the filmstars and models set a bad example to the youth..

Def yes they are the celebrities and everywhere celebrities are looked upon. There is nothing wrong in liking a star. But its imp for parents to take up responsibility and counsel their child abt good health and nutrition. ALso how to cope up with peer pressure and other teenage problems.

3)Why is so much importance being given to the "Thinness" ...

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I think it started with the super models being wafer thin which became a cult. This obsession spread to US and if something catches up there how can India be far behd?



4)So is looking anorexic( a la Kate Moss) more important than looking "toned"(a la Bipasha)


There was another report along with the article you posted.

A research study conducted by 3 Univ of Florida advertising Professors, seductive models bore and make women disinterested.   In fact the study revealed that hotter the models look the colder is women's reaction . The research revealed that sexy and Wholesome beauty was most desirable.

The study said men still drool over wafer thin models!

Any day a healthy body looks more beautiful and these super thin models look ghastly!


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