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Skinny Models and Size Zero

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How much should you eat to get your body to match the stats of Size Zero? Models and girls across the world diet and reduce their food intake to become skinny and look good in fashionable clothes. But are the diets and the drastic change in eating habits worth the troubles? Find out what you should eat to be a Size Zero.

Click here to read the introduction: Size Zero – The Obsession of a Model

Skinny Models and Size Zero

According to a few fashion communities, Size Zero is the “hottest” statement a woman can make. It says that Size Zero means the woman has treated her body like a temple(!), working out and dieting smartly to achieve a beautiful figure(?!) that complements the strong(?!!) woman beneath the surface. Apparently, Size Zero clothing accentuates the way women feel inside.

An average woman needs at least 1200 calories per day for a healthy life. The recommended BMI (measure of body fat based on height and weight) for an average woman is 18.5 to 24.9.

The calories required for an average woman to turn herself into a “Lollypop Lady” are 400 calories, that is, one third of the required calories. To get this, a starvation diet with strenuous exercises like cardiovascular exercise which burns fat at super-speed is required.

The lack of basic calories intake results in seizing up functions of the body. Therefore, starting from the brain, this malady starts taking a toll on the body. The lack of calories causes a metabolic melee in the brain resulting in fierce mood swings, loss of sense of proportion and the inability to see outside the immediate world. And this calorific intake results in decreasing BMI much below the recommended level, which results in infertility, insomnia, liver and kidney failure. The use of diet pills, which is very common for the Size Zero aspirants, results in incontinence, and bowel and bladder disorders. Eventually, the heart may stop functioning because there is no more fuel to burn.

Some of the victims of Size Zero are 21 years old Brazilian model, Ana Carolina Reston who died following the diet of only apples and tomatoes. She had a BMI of just 12.5. Uruguayan model, Luisel Ramos died of heart failure, off the ramp following the diet of lettuce and diet drinks. Her sister Eliana too, died after six months and that too because of malnutrition. They all wanted to be the definition of the fashionable Size Zero and couldn’t understand the value of life over fashion.

Who let the ‘Size Zero’ out? When asked whether they have been pressurized to be a Size Zero, many of the celebrities and ramp queens have readymade answers. “I am naturally skinny”, “It’s in my genes”, or “I just want to be fit”. After a bit of prodding, the blame game starts. Designers blame casting agencies, who blame model agencies, who pass the hot stone to fashion stylists, who point fingers at editors, who blame the designers. Back to square one. And all over again.

The uproar over the Size Zero brings a new debate on the quotient of beauty. What is beautiful? And who is beautiful? It goes without saying that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. So who are these beholders? Wherever you are on this planet, beauty is just skin deep. And for any species.

Recently, I watched a show on Animal Planet about Rhesus monkeys. It was fascinating to see that a dude monkey woos a chick monkey on the basis of its face complexion. The redder the face, the hotter the female. The more the va va voom! I’m pretty sure if those monkeys had brains like us, the sale of rouge would have sky-rocketed.

Click here to continue reading: The Fashionable Size Double Zero


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  • October 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    Oh, my God! They look terrible! Only crazy men can see beauty in these figures! They look freaky! Monkeys have more brains than we do!

  • unbekannt
    April 28, 2011 | Permalink |

    i love size zero! its beautiful (:

  • manu
    May 8, 2011 | Permalink |

    They look so weird. I mean, they look like their bones are just going to fall off!

  • Rhiannon
    May 28, 2011 | Permalink |

    i can copleetly get why models wanna be skinny , i myself want to be a size 6 or 10 , but with my genes i doubt that will happen :L x

  • C.G
    February 3, 2012 | Permalink |

    Sure, it’s attractive to be slim and all that jazz. But to be a walking skeleton like those models? No thanks, I want some booty in my clothes. Anyone who actually thinks that being as skinny as that is ‘beautiful’ is waaaayyyy beyond (and I’m going to stop there because I don’t want to offend anyone).

    I you want to see what beautiful is, I suggest asking for the opinion of the opposite, almost always works. Most men will tell you that curves are more beautiful than bones, and well..isn’t that true? That’s what a woman should NATURALLY look like after all, and what is more beautiful than what is natural?

  • Savvy
    June 15, 2012 | Permalink |

    I suppose some girls are naturally skinny. There was a girl in my Social studies class who was so tiny and reminded me of a pixie, and that girl didn’t starve herself.
    But if you do starve yourself and refuse to eat and are afraid of a chocolate bar… It’s not unattractive, it’s slightly frightening, especially when we are so pressured to be thin. If you got some junk in the trunk, it ain’t the end of the world…

  • Carocoolest
    July 12, 2012 | Permalink |

    I am right as skinny as Those models! I am also a size zero.
    I Think it is beautifull, but i can’t se that i’m to skinny?
    Most of All i look a like the model Down the floor!

    Dó you guys Think it is to skinny?
    I am 15 years old???

  • August 4, 2012 | Permalink |

    If you’re under 18 and that thin then that makes sense because that is just your body and you haven’t matured yet (for a lot of girls). This article is deeply concerning. What if girls only read the first paragraph? You’ve just told them that being a size zero is the most ‘fashionable thing’ and it takes a 400 calorie diet to achieve it. Great, they now know how to get that way and they aren’t going to go on to continue to read the adverse effects of everything. It may look good in pictures but in life it’s just sad. I am a model so i understand the pressures they’re under because essentially we are just hangers for clothing and that is why they want you so thin… so you only see the clothes walking down the runway.

    Eat Healthy, exercise a healthy amount and your weight will take care of itself.

  • lynette
    September 14, 2012 | Permalink |

    The girls in these pictures aren’t size 0 obviously… They are below that… And notably well below their natural bone structures, however there are bound to be some freaks (out of 7 BILLION people) that have bone structures that thin. Personally I feel sorry for them if they do, they must have to put up with a lot of crap about it.

  • Ksenia
    November 12, 2012 | Permalink |

    Hi, guys, I’m Ksenia Maximova, “the model on the floor”. Firstly- the photo is retouched around the waist area. Second – this is a picture of me when I was 16 (I’m 26 now an I obviosly look like a rounder healthy women, not a skinny teenager whos hip bones and boobs didn’t kick in yet), thirdly I can assure you that I have never dieted and was skinny (but not as in retouched photo) because I was graduating from high school same time as flying all over the world, while partying and not having time to eat. By the time I was 19 I did not look like this any more, I guess my puberty just kicked in late.

    Advice: if you need to diet to be like this – do not. It’s unhealthy and dangerous. I had 2 kids and am still slim, but not skinny enough to be on runway. I was pressured and after brief pondering I ditched that world to enjoy normal life and my kids.

    xx

    Ksen

  • sara3921
    November 18, 2012 | Permalink |

    I am a size zero and i am skinny, but my BMI is in the healthy zone.

  • Kat
    January 28, 2013 | Permalink |

    I am 18 years old and I have a disorder where my body can’t gain weight. I am a 00 and I wish I was a size 10. I don’t like how people blame “society” for the way we wish we all were tiny, in more cases than you would think, the “size 0 ” has the same disorder I have.

  • April
    March 16, 2013 | Permalink |

    I am a 29 year old woman and I have given birth to 3 children. I have always been a size 0 to a 00 depending on the brand. In that respect I far from starve myself. I eat whatever I want to. I also live a very busy schedule. I exercise regularly as well. Not to mention I am only 5 feet tall. My doctor has told me numerous times that my bmi is in a safe normal range. I have tried to gain weight but the only weight I gain is muscle weight. I look very healthy and far from bony or anorexic. They say women should wear what makes them feel confident and sexy well no offense but a size 1 or larger is loose on me. It doesn’t make me feel sexy. It used to make me angry that they didn’t make clothes to fit me. Everyone is beautiful and unique in their own right some people just have a harder time seeing that.

  • Maria
    March 21, 2013 | Permalink |

    Thank you for your post Ksenia Maximova! I totally understand. If you read up the age on a lot of runway models they are like 14-18! Gemma ward was extremely thin when she first started modelling but also VERY young! I myself was tiny and didn’t finish fully developing until I hit 20, birth control pill also helped haha! Now I am petite but completely healthy and no bones portruding.

    A good friend of mine is very thin (like bony) but you can tell that she is very healthy. It’s just the way she is built!

  • Crystal
    April 12, 2013 | Permalink |

    Kat, I’m sorry about your disorder, but since being unweight is being put up as a beauty norm, many women are harming their bodies to be dangerously thin. The amount that are purposely starving themselves are far higher than those with your disorder.
    To April, size zero might be safe for a woman who are 5 feet tall. However most of these models are between 5’9- 6’2. Size 0 is extremely dangerous to them. The weights that they’re at when they are size 0 is extremely dangerous to them. (Which is why those models died). The standards for models are to be between 5’9-6’2. The weight range is 110- 130. Most of this weight range is below the healthy bmi for 5’9 and the entire weight range is below healthy bmi for 6’2.

    To those saying that being thin is attractive, realize that large amounts of models aren’t thin, they are starving. Starving to death isn’t sexy. Many of these women get into so low of weights that they stop getting periods. Many suffer from weakened bones and heart problems.

  • mia
    April 21, 2013 | Permalink |

    These women are clearly below a size 0 . I was a size 0 for years and ate healthy but still 1200 calories a day and worked out. I have a DD chest and a full figure so no, size zero does not always look like this!

  • skullsilver486
    April 27, 2013 | Permalink |

    im a size 14…. I think I will aim for an 8 or 10 instead…… but I guess if that’s the size they feel comfortable at who are we to judge them

  • female feminist/actor
    November 16, 2013 | Permalink |

    As a feminist, I fully believe all natural body types are beautiful and should be accepted. There are all kinds of men in this world:men who like girls with boyish figures, men who like full sized women, guys who like short girls, petite girls, tall girls. As long as you are eating and treating your body right, you are as beautiful, healthy and mesmerizing as any other creature God made us to be. If you are forcing yourself to starve for an unhealthy body image and false idolism to woman today, remember what damage you’re doing to yourself. I know women going through eating disorders relating to their mental statuses but I always say they need to think of themselves before they think of something else. I firmly believe in models like tyra Banks, but she’s been taken advantage of for the past years and this is not equal treatment women should be qualified to if she wants to change how people think of one thing. We are all just God’s children and should not be taken of this matter.

  • Kaitlyn
    January 3, 2014 | Permalink |

    This article speaks truth, but I also believe that instead of shunning people who are size 0, we should learn to love all body types. I myself am I size 0 and things like these cause hurt feelings. I’m naturally skinny and I can’t help it,

  • bea
    January 9, 2014 | Permalink |

    I’m a size 00, 5’5″ and I love it. I work out. Several have said I have the body of a dancer. Is that anorexia? haha don’t think so! Do I diet? Noooo. Do I eat in a very healthy manner? Yeeeeeeeeeesss. Do I eat cheeseburgers? Not usually as I’m not partial to them. Filet mignon, that’s another story. ;-) I am a senior woman and no clogged arteries for me, thank you very much.

    Ladies tell me to eat, but they (with their bellies protruding) just don’t get it.

  • Rachel
    January 19, 2014 | Permalink |

    I was searching how to gain weight and I land up here.

  • Tracey
    January 24, 2014 | Permalink |

    Am a size 14/16 now
    I was a size zero 6 year’s ago I would love to be thin again x

  • amber
    March 30, 2014 | Permalink |

    Without a doubt, starving yourself to fit into a size zero is not something you should do. However, I don’t like it when people call size zero disgusting, because I’m a natural born zero. I’m not disgusting, I’m just a small person. I’m athletic and proportionate and I feel like I look good. Although, I do actually wish I could put on just a little weight. (I have a hard time gaining weight) I actually feel self conscious being smaller than everyone else. So, please… Don’t blanket term and call all size zeros disgusting. Some of us are actually healthy, and wish were normal… Not looked at like some kind of trash.

  • Haley
    August 5, 2014 | Permalink |

    I was in the past anorexic and I got to be 80 pounds I’m 5’4” and I was 15 I stopped having my period I was eating about 1,000 calories a day and running up to ten miles a day. It was probably the scariest thing in the world and for people that have never been in this position you can’t just start eating normally again my brain was telling me I was fat there was nothing I could do I thought. I finally got professional help and now I’m a healthy 110 pounds and a size 4, but my period is still not regular, it is a very damaging disease.

  • Chantelle contreras
    August 16, 2014 | Permalink |

    I think that any model can say they eat and are healthy, but those are just words. Size zero is not something to strive for. Why are we dying to be thin? It’s wrong. These models are lying to save their ass. Fashion is not glamourous any more. It’s who’s got the most bone showing. What type of influence is it having on us. Our girls want to be anorexic or try to be to look like the girl in the magazine.

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