Archive for March 25, 2010

Should Gabby Sibide be on the Cover of Vogue

Vogue worthy?

According to recent news,  Vogue has been challenged to feature the obese Gabby Sibide, star of Precious and Academy Award nominee, on its cover.

The writer of this “pop-ed” piece thinks that the answer should be a definite NO (I actually know the author and like her very much, so this is not a personal attack!)

I disagree…and I think the answer should be a “Why the FUCK not?”  Excuse my language.

The author has a point that yes, Sibide is larger than plus model size, however, aren’t 99% of the models that grace Vogue normally way underweight? SO, just as Sibide might not be representative of American girls in their 20s (average weight 140), neither are the models that are 5’11” and weight 110 pounds.

Vogue can decide or not to decide to use Sibide, either way, I’m not gonna fight (I don’t read the magazine anyway). However, this again magnifies issues that groups like Health at Every Size and the Association for Size Diversity and Health are fighting for on a daily basis: to create a world free from “weight-based assumptions and weight-discriminations.”

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t care about Gabby Sibide’s weight. We wouldn’t care about news like this. Unfortunately we’re far from that, until people realize that fat-ism is just as serious as racism.

Until then, Gabby has my vote to be in Oprah Magazine..it’s a much better magazine anyway, in my opinion. She can leave Vogue to the uber-skinny.

March 25, 2010 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

Gettin’ Biblical With Portion Sizes

I love this one!

Recently, a US study examined over 50 biblical Last Supper paintings and came up with an interesting find.  Apparently, we’ve been eating increasingly larger portions over the past 1000 years (Yes, 1000!).

The study was led by Brian Wansink of Cornell University, author of “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think” (a must have book), and his brother, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College.

Thanks to computer design techonology,  researchers anazlyed the size of the main meals (entrees), bread, and the plates relative to the average size of the disciples’ heads. 

The study showed that the sizes of the portions and even the plate size in the artworks, painted over the past millenium, have gradually increased by between 23 and 69%.  Over the past 1000 years, the size of the main meal has continuously grown 69%; plate size increased 66% and bread siuze about 23%.

“The last thousand years have witnessed dramatic increases in the production, availability, safety, abundance and affordability of food,” Wansink said in a statement.

“We think that as art imitates life, these changes have been reflected in paintings of history’s most famous dinner.”

Hmmm, WWJD now?

March 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm Leave a comment


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