But hang on, this is just another no win situation, right? Naturally skinny girls back in the 1950s must have miserably forced themselves to over eat trying to live up to this expectation. And then in the 1960s it was in with the Twiggy look - super skinny.
|The Size Zero debate - things just got out of control|
Even so, I'm pretty sure I've never seen adverts promoting weight gain as a way of being more popular or as a fashion statement. They are advertising 'attractive pounds and inches'! They wouldn't get away with it now. They're not promoting it as a healthy way of life after all but as a popularity stake.
|Crystal Renn - once a plus size 'UK16', but now an 8 - 10|
Size is not a modern obsession of course. In days gone by they just wore corsets (both men and women) which had its own set of problems. Extreme tight lacing was just one of the many issues tackled by a health conscious public and almost as unhealthy.
We live in a society obsessed with our looks. Why we have become so is anyone's guess but preening and perfecting does seem to be our lot. I guess we should all take it with a pinch of salt, but it's so often easier said than done.