Sadiq Khan shouldn't be able to tell us what is an unhealthy body

(316 Posts)
feellikeahugefailure Tue 14-Jun-16 08:03:58

So the London Mayer has banned adverts with “Unhealthy or Unrealistic” body images. Doesn't this just all feed into people these days unaware of what a healthy body image is? This woman is in great shape and looks very healthy to me.

Sorry if there has been a post on this, I find the advanced search here not that great.

neonrainbow Tue 14-Jun-16 08:06:44

You're spectacularly missing the point. The advert is body shaming all women who might go to the beach who dont look like that. Its sexist. Good on Mr Khan for caring about negative attitudes being forced into thousands of womens faces every day.

originalmavis Tue 14-Jun-16 08:07:07

She looked a bit skinny to me and most likely airbrushed within an inch of her life.

Pagwatch Tue 14-Jun-16 08:09:45

The person who wrote that article you linked to it's really fucking thick.

dementedpixie Tue 14-Jun-16 08:11:21

And it's saying that using that protein stuff will give you a body like hers...it won't!

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Tue 14-Jun-16 08:12:04

Can shit blogs also be banned?

Did you write it OP?

Topseyt Tue 14-Jun-16 08:12:23

I think he is right to do this. Good on him.

If you have that perfect body shape then bully for you but many of us don't and haven't appreciated ads such as those making us feel even more inadequate.

By the way, she wasn't a great body shape. She was unhealthily thin.

ilovesooty Tue 14-Jun-16 08:12:26

Oh for fuck's sake.

ThatsMyStapler Tue 14-Jun-16 08:12:32

Too thin, you're not meant to be able see ribs!

It's unobtainable for most people to look like that, and unnecessary pressure for our young people YABVU

(yes, I'd love to look like that, never going to happen though)

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Tue 14-Jun-16 08:12:47

I was going to disagree - but actually I do agree with what she has written in her blog.

Where do we draw the line? Is an advert featuring an Olympic champion body-shaming those of us who will never (or never did) achieve that look? If not, what's the difference?

ThatsMyStapler Tue 14-Jun-16 08:13:51

"I was speaking to a personal trainer friend about this and we both agreed that it was not body shaming, it’s an inspirational image"

Oh well that's OK then hmm

Numberoneisgone Tue 14-Jun-16 08:14:02

There is nothing wrong with that woman she looks great. The problem is that apparently I need to aspire to be like her because my body is not beach ready. That inference is the problem.

museumum Tue 14-Jun-16 08:14:09

It was the body shaming advert that was the issue. Not the picture of the model. Who certainly didn't use the product anyway as she was vegan.

RJnomore1 Tue 14-Jun-16 08:14:18

You should be able to see ribs a bit!

I worry we have completely lost sight of healthy in both directions.

feellikeahugefailure Tue 14-Jun-16 08:15:00

I think everyone has missed the point of this thread.

It's not about one advert. It's about where do we draw the line on this?

"I think he is right to do this. Good on him."

PurpleDaisies Tue 14-Jun-16 08:15:18

Is that your blog op? Wanting to generate some clicks? hmm

Zarah123 Tue 14-Jun-16 08:15:54

YABU. Last year, the advertising standards authority banned the 'beach body ready' ads by Protein World, that the blog refers to.

Did you complain then too?

feellikeahugefailure Tue 14-Jun-16 08:15:57

Where do we draw the line? Is an advert featuring an Olympic champion body-shaming those of us who will never (or never did) achieve that look? If not, what's the difference?

Thanks, that's the point I was trying to make with this thread smile

Pagwatch Tue 14-Jun-16 08:16:04

A photoshopped model telling you what to look like to go on the beach is absolutely nothing like an Olympic athlete advertising sports products.

In the same way that a blog by a twit is not the same as an article.

bobbinpop Tue 14-Jun-16 08:16:18

Of course it's a negative image/situation: it's designed to make some people feel bad about not having a certain body type/figure and BUY their product.

Good on Sadiq!

SaucyJack Tue 14-Jun-16 08:16:19

It's the wording that needs banning/that ad rather than the model.

I don't look like that. Am I not "ready" to go to the beach until I do?

SeemsLegit Tue 14-Jun-16 08:16:31

The model looks strong and healthy. It's wrong to hide away bodies like that because people are happier being obese.

Does that mean any adverts with obese people will be banned for promoting unhealthy body ideals? Or will they be lauded as "real women" (assuming it's a woman!)

Pagwatch Tue 14-Jun-16 08:16:45

God above.
Stupid is as stupid does.

LaserShark Tue 14-Jun-16 08:17:09

What I don't like about the advert is the caption 'are you beach body ready?' because of the implication that your body has to look a certain way before you can take it to the beach. I don't like the idea that we can't be seen in swimwear until we are physically perfect. To me, that's the issue more than the size and shape of the model.

I do take issue with the repeated assertion that we have 'lost sight' of what a healthy body looks like. Perhaps a lot of us don't manage to maintain one, but I doubt there are many women who aren't fully aware of what they are 'supposed' to look like and what the ideal beauty standards are.

Healthy bodies also don't have to look the the model's. Healthy bodies come in more of a range and there are more achievable standards of healthy body than that particular body.

MuddhaOfSuburbia Tue 14-Jun-16 08:17:46

Is it your blog op?

I'm all for this sort of thing anyway for reasons given above, good work Sadiq

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