Reverse Airbrushing?!

I recently saw this article published by the Huffington Post describing how fashion editors are plumping up ultra skinny models so they don’t look sickly.   Notice how in the photo on the right, the  model’s rib cage has been photoshopped so she doesn’t look emaciated.

The original article quotes a former editor of Cosmo who discusses this “reverse airbrushing” a practice she describes as plumping up ultra thin models, adding curves to make them look healthier.  Even supposedly healthy publications are guilty of this practice, “Self, has admitted: ‘We retouch to make the models look bigger and healthier’.”  

So what sort of message are we sending to women?  That we should strive to be ultra skinny but not look emaciated? -- this is physically impossible and dangerous!  Remember my post on skinny fat?  

We should strive for a healthy weight and a fit body.  That means being with a healthy weight range, too thin is also dangerous to our health!  The following chart gives you an idea of healthy weight ranges for women and men.  Keep in mind that these charts are for the average adult.  (An athlete or someone who works out heavily and has an above average amount of muscle mass will be healthy at a heavier weight).   Click here to determine frame size.

Weight Chart for Women

Weight in pounds, based on ages 25-59 with the lowest mortality rate
(indoor clothing weighing 3 pounds and shoes with 1″ heels, and so if you weigh yourself with no clothing or shoes, subtract 1″ and 3 pounds)

Height

Small Frame

Medium Frame

Large Frame

4’10″

102-111

109-121

118-131

4’11″

103-113

111-123

120-134

5’0″

104-115

113-126

122-137

5’1″

106-118

115-129

125-140

5’2″

108-121

118-132

128-143

5’3″

111-124

121-135

131-147

5’4″

114-127

124-138

134-151

5’5″

117-130

127-141

137-155

5’6″

120-133

130-144

140-159

5’7″

123-136

133-147

143-163

5’8″

126-139

136-150

146-167

5’9″

129-142

139-153

149-170

5’10″

132-145

142-156

152-173

5’11″

135-148

145-159

155-176

6’0″

138-151

148-162

158-179

Weight Chart for Men

Weight in pounds, based on ages 25-59 with the lowest mortality rate
(indoor clothing weighing 5 pounds and shoes with 1″ heels, and so if you weigh yourself with no clothing or shoes, subtract 1″ and 5 pounds)
Click here to calculate frame size

Height

Small Frame

Medium Frame

Large Frame

5’2″

128-134

131-141

138-150

5’3″

130-136

133-143

140-153

5’4″

132-138

135-145

142-156

5’5″

134-140

137-148

144-160

5’6″

136-142

139-151

146-164

5’7″

138-145

142-154

149-168

5’8″

140-148

145-157

152-172

5’9″

142-151

148-160

155-176

5’10″

144-154

151-163

158-180

5’11″

146-157

154-166

161-184

6’0″

149-160

157-170

164-188

6’1″

152-164

160-174

168-192

6’2″

155-168

164-178

172-197

6’3″

158-172

167-182

176-202

6’4″

162-176

171-187

181-207

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Comments

  1. I’m glad I’m within my normal range. Only wish I didn’t have a baby belly pouch still. Been 4 years since my last birth.

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