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ranty rant rant! ;-)


oh i'm in such a ranty mood recently!


I think I must've overdosed on Rant or something of late...

I've decided though, they're not rants, they're vents.... so venty vent vent! ;-)

So, the topic of todays rant vent is Size Zero....

A couple of weeks back, I watched a documentary/follow-someones-live thing on BBC Three (i think.. migth've been bbc4)... ok, it was bbc3... i just looked on the beeb's website...

The show was called Super Slim Me... the idea was for one of the Mischief researchers to try to get to UK size 4... the eponymous "Size Zero" as the US would have it...

She starts out as a cute-n-curvy 5ft9 (1.75m) uk size 12, at 10st7 (147lb/67kg) and dropped to 9st4... her bmi went from 22 to 19... so from "nice and healthy" to "borderline underweight" i 8 weeks by eating an average of 500cal a day....

I mean, that in itself is just scary...

and those who know me in IRL are probably going "yeah, but... you're *way* too thin; you're a stick insect.... you're 5'10/5'11... and you can't weigh more than about 8st; your bmi must be pretty dodgy too"...

well, FYI, i currently weight about 12st4 (172lb/78kg)... so I'm actually closer to being *over*weight than under.... according to the BMI calculator linked off the BBC page I pointed at earlier, my BMI is about 24.3. Their nice little graph:

says that's only just inside the upper 'healthy' limit...

but thats cos my diet currently kind of sucks and since the job folded, I've not being getting anywhere near enough exercise.... before christmas, my weight was about 11st, and my BMI was about 21.8.. much healthier, although I still felt unhappy with it... I'm generally happier at about 10st7 (BMI=20.8)...

you've got to remember that I'm dealing with having a male body and it tends to deposit fat in one place; the tummy.... and it just makes me shudder and feel sick when its bulgy :-(

10st7 is the compromise target-weight I reached with myself between health, tummy size and being able to eat... its inside the "OK" range, although towards the low end of the truly ok... for my height, 10st is pretty much the bottom of the truly ok... there's a small area thats "kind of ok" between about 9st3 and 10st that I just don't trust... even though most of the calculators still class it as being "OK"... its actually underweight... and what they call "underweight" is actually dangerously underweight....

All i can say is "roll on hormones" and the whole "redistribution of body fat" thing... then I can start to get a clue as to how much I actually *want* to weigh, rather than having a weight that is basically a compromise between health and not carving myself open and using a vacuum cleaner to perform DIY fat removal....!


Anyway, Size Zero... at one point in the film, they actually show the size that little miss size zero Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham's waist is... basically, your *head* has a larger circumference than her waist.... its something like 18 or 21 inches... I forget which... but still.... the only way I'd want a waist *that* small involves a very tightly laced corset!

And you know what? *no-one* wanted to take *any* responsibility for any of it... the designers say they want girls who "look healthy" but also they "want the clothes to look their best", the model agencies say "we just give what the designers want", the fashion shows (except for Madrid, and possible the odd other one) are "why should we ban size zero? its what the clothes are designed for," the magazines are like "but that's what's on the catwalk", the models are like "if we don't stay this thin, we don't work"

Its *so* easy to fix this whole stupid situation... but it is really down to the designers to do it... they are the ones who control who wears clothes in their shows... most shows won't themselves enforce a ban... just look at London... they basically said "ban be damned"...

The fix is easy... and it goes like this "if you are a designer, *DESIGN*".

In other words, if the only way your clothes look right is for you to put them on skeletons, then you are a CRAP designer... if a "normal" woman can't wear your creation, then WHAT IS THE POINT OF IT? If that is the case, then you are NOT a clothes designer, you should stop pretending you are and go into art... and use manequins or some-such to display your work. Clothes are supposed to be *worn*, and worn by 'real' people... that is their raison'd'etre...

If you're designing clothes for women, why do you make them so that they would most likely look better on a man, or a coat hanger?

I think the whole fashion industry needs to celebrate curves... they need a new motto:

Curves Are Cute!