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by Dr.Diet, Diet.com's Medical Director

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Women prefer thin models to those with fuller figures, according to new research. Two thirds of women thought skinnier models were more “likeable, interesting, pleasant and elegant” while only 1/3 of the women had positive reactions to the larger models.

Women ‘prefer’ skinny models
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Dr. Diet weighs in:

This study was carried out in the UK at Bath University so it makes me wonder if women in the UK vs. women in the US would have different reactions to the body sizes of models.

I know that most women that I deal with in my practice react quite negatively to the super-skinny models and especially the negative impact these models can have on the body image of young girls.

One thing I feel strongly about is that skinny models perpetuate unrealistic expectations in the game of weight loss. So " even if you lose 5, 10 or 15 % of your body weight, it’s just never enough as compared to the air-brushed images you see projected in the media.

This study comes at an interesting time soon after Madrid fashion officials began turning away models they deemed to be too skinny at the Pasarela Cibeles, the big annual fashion show in Spain.

Officials determined that models had to have a BMI (body mass index) of at least 18 (which translates into 122 pounds for someone 5 feet, 9 inches) to walk the runway of that fashion show.

I applaud these changes made by the Madrid fashion officials and hope they set new requirements for runway models in the US.

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