Body Image: Female Mannequins Found Unhealthy And Unrealistic



Unrealistic Female Mannequins– A team of researchers from the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society found that about 100% of female mannequins in fashion stores are too thin and unrealistic.

In a world that seeks “perfection” certain fashion trends have made other people feel insecure about their bodies.

Women most commonly fall prey to the pressure of having the “perfect” body shape. To attain this supposed feat, several extreme measures are taken.

According to a study contained in the Journal of Eating Disorders, the use of unrealistic female mannequins affects women’s perception of their bodies.

These unrealistic mannequins has contributed to the fantastical pressure to be slender. It has also increased eating disorders in women.

“Given that the prevalence of body image problems and disordered eating in young people is worryingly high, positive action that challenges communication of ultra-thin ideals may be of particular benefit to children, adolescents and young adult females.”

Dr Eric Robinson, the study’s author wrote:

“We became interested in this topic after seeing some news reports about members of the general public noticing that some mannequins in fashion stores were disturbingly thin.”

“There is clear evidence showing that the ultra-thin ideal is contributing to the development of mental health problems and eating disorders,”

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For the sake of fashion and public perception, women particularly go extra miles that are detrimental to both physical and mental health.

A New Study has stated that female mannequins in fashion stores are rarely the size of normal-sized women. They were found to be “disturbingly thin.”

“We didn’t find a single female mannequin that was a normal body size on display,”



The study asserted that if the women in the UK cities under study were as thin as the mannequins, they would be considered unhealthy.

It says that the average female mannequin used to model clothes in UK stores is the size of a severely underweight woman.

All the visited fashion stores for the research refused to have their mannequins examined by the research group.

Some stores however claim that they use bigger mannequins as well.

The study also found that the average male mannequin body size was significantly larger than the average female mannequin.

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Unrealistic female mannequins

Against the 100% found with the female mannequins, 8% of male mannequins represented an underweight body size.

Nevertheless, the researchers suggest that underweight male mannequins had unrealistic muscles. As such could have a similar negative impact on the male folk.

“Although male mannequins were less likely to be slender than female mannequins and therefore more representative of what constitutes a ‘normal’ male body weight, during data collection it was noted that a number of the male mannequins appeared unrealistically muscular,” 

“In the same way that exposure to ultra-thin ideals may negatively affect body image in women, exposure to unattainable muscular ideals may promote body dissatisfaction in men.”

Dr Eric Robinson also urged the co-operation of fashion stores to stop the use of unrealistic female mannequins. This will partially keep women from having body image problems.

“Because ultra-thin ideals encourage the development of body image problems in young people, we need to change the environment to reduce emphasis on the value of extreme thinness.”