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To be uncomfortable about the use of this image in Clark's?

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prideofaberdeen Sat 17-Mar-18 14:45:09

This is a slightly weird one, so I'm prepared to get laughed at / flamed, but here goes...
The child in the attached image (at least I hope it's attached) is "W" sitting. Now where it's very good for showing off the shoes, it's also developmentally a really bad position for kids to sit in, and one that parents / guardians should be actively discouraging kids to use, unless it's just for a really short period of time. It can indicate weakness in the hips and trunk. Am I a little silly for thinking that they shouldn't have the child in this position in their advertising??
Disclaimer; am an AHP so I NOTICE these things!

ChaChaChaCh4nges Sat 17-Mar-18 14:46:31


CanIBuffalo Sat 17-Mar-18 14:47:23

I'm more bothered by her not looking very happy.

Pickleypickles Sat 17-Mar-18 14:47:35

YABU i dont think people are going to look at it and think "thats how they should of been sitting this whole time!" They are probably just going to look at the shoes.

Didntcomeheretofuckspiders Sat 17-Mar-18 14:47:36

It’s a kid sitting on the floor. The shoes look lovely.

Mol1628 Sat 17-Mar-18 14:47:47

Overthinking. It’s just to show off the shoes.

LilQueenie Sat 17-Mar-18 14:48:12

its a natural way for kids to sit.

AnyFucker Sat 17-Mar-18 14:48:18

Not overthinking, I agree with op

"Indian" sitting would show the shoes off just as well and is a better posture to demonstrate

UnimaginativeUsername Sat 17-Mar-18 14:48:21

Somerville Sat 17-Mar-18 14:48:51

Why is it so bad to sit like that? <misses point, by genuinely interested>

AlonsoTigerHeart Sat 17-Mar-18 14:48:56

Its a child sitting...

Bratsandtwats Sat 17-Mar-18 14:50:04

I've always sat like that and I'm 47. I didn't realise it is a bad way to sit. It feels natural for me.

TSSDNCOP Sat 17-Mar-18 14:50:34

She won't be sitting that way for ages though would she, only for the duration of the photo.

The ad is ineffective as it implies she's got new shoes she's upset about IMO.

Prusik Sat 17-Mar-18 14:50:48

I thought w sitting was only to be discouraged in kids who are hypermobile?

SpuriouserAndSpuriouser Sat 17-Mar-18 14:50:56

What's an AHP?

And I thought the whole W sitting thing had been debunked?

Kimlek Sat 17-Mar-18 14:51:26

OH I thought you were going to say about her crying. Except when I zoom in on my phone she’s not.

sparklewater Sat 17-Mar-18 14:52:09

I still W sit!

Moreisnnogedag Sat 17-Mar-18 14:53:22

As an AHP I’d expect you to be able to evaluate proper scientific advice rather than random bull on t’internet. W-sitting in child with hip dysphasia not great. In the rest of the child population absolutely fine.

geekone Sat 17-Mar-18 14:56:01

I am 41 hypermobile and sat like that until I was about 20 and I am fine.

AnyFucker Sat 17-Mar-18 14:56:25

another view

W sitting is not necessarily bad for children with normal gait, posture and muscle tone. It may be for those who have though.

pigsDOfly Sat 17-Mar-18 14:56:35

Not sure if my perspective is out or it's the colour of the shoes but they look weirdly enormous to me.

Not an image that would make me rush to buy Clark's shoes tbh the whole picture is a bit sad looking; a child sitting alone and rubbing her eyes.

I know I've completely missed the point of the thread.

FlouncyDoves Sat 17-Mar-18 14:56:42


sonjadog Sat 17-Mar-18 14:58:21

You are making an issue where there is none. YABU.

mummyhaschangedhername Sat 17-Mar-18 14:59:58

It is really bad, all my children (four) are hyper-mobile and have sat like this and I have had to actively discourage it, it causes serious damage to their hips later in life.

To be honest, despite this I probably wouldn't have noticed, but it's not an ideal advertisement. But then most model poses aren't exactly comfortable.

kinorsam Sat 17-Mar-18 15:00:13

That sitting position is really really bad for you, it puts strain on the hips and really messes with the ligaments in your knees.

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