Skinny male mannequins raise eating disorder fears
Male mannequins with 27-inch waists are making their debut in Britain, as doctors report more male patients being treated for eating disorders...
Eating disorder campaigners have criticised a mannequin manufacturer for bringing out a super-skinny male model that they say could encourage vulnerable men to starve themselves.
A starved-looking malemannequinwith a27-inch waist, from British mannequin maker Rootstein, will make its debut in the UK next month, according to New York magazine.
The super-skinny figure, dubbed the ‘Homme Nouveau,’ with a 35-inch chest is designed to look great in clothes, but has raised fears of eating disorders among men.
Eating disorder campaigners say the mannequins portray anunrealistic body image– the 27in waist is 11in smaller than the average British man.
The company says the mannequins were modelled on teenage boys who were notanorexic, but were perfect for modelling theskinny jeans and slim tailoringmade popular by stars such as Russell Brand. But eating disorder charity Beat said more men were suffering from anorexia and bulimia, and that the mannequins portrayed an unrealistic and unattainable image.
It said: ‘We are certainly aware of more males seeking help for their eating problems and it is recognised that they are more likely to develop aneating disorderas a result of trying to achieve a certain body shape and size.
‘Men nowadays are subject to the same insecurities around their body andself-imageas women are.
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