Sizeism goes large
Well, not really. You see, this article misses the point. A UK size 4 (a size 0) isn't really freakily thin. This isn't anything to do with emulating supermodels or anorexia. It's really a result of size inflation. My mothers size 12 clothes from 1960/1970 don't fit me and I'm a UK size 6 in 'smart' women's fashions. And this ain't because they've shrunk in the wash... I'm now unable to buy classically styled work clothes on the high street. This has happened in the last 4 years - my M&S size 10 jeans from 4 years ago are tight but size 8 in M&S and Wallis now dwarf me and they don't stock a size 6. I'm a size 8/10 in Topshop or Miss Selfridge but these clothes tend to be styled for younger girls and teens who are probably their main clientele due to price. The styles don't suit me since I'm also pretty curvy despite being slender. So it's entirely possible for a healthy, slimmer hipped, smaller chested woman to come out as a Top Shop size 0 or 00.
In short (or should it be, 'in narrow'), as women on average get larger, the women who have remained a 'normal' size are getting a really bum deal (and chest deal and especially waist deal - don't clothing manufacturers realise that women go in and out). Not only are they increasingly finding it difficult to buy clothes that fit, but they're also subjected to rising acceptability of personal remarks about their weight. It's not just fat people who are having a problem here. I have had people who had never met me before ask me questions about my diet, remark on the circumference of my wrists and even enquire whether I have an eating disorder. Since when was that anything but blatantly rude?
So the size 00 hysteria isn't the new black. It's a bit like leggings - a lot of hype about something with no bulk.