TRY THIS ON FOR SIZE
Why is it that ‘bigger is better’ when shopping for groceries and eating out, but somehow it’s the complete opposite when you’re buying clothes? You can rationalise that over-photoshopped models and chiselled athletes do not reflect the ‘average’ body shape, but the shop mannequin is also to blame for setting unrealistic expectations. According to Professor Tim Olds from the University of South Australia, female shop mannequins are about 10 centimetres taller than the typical Australian woman and have much broader shoulders, narrower waists and longer calves. No wonder it’s so tricky (and frustrating!) to find a pair of jeans that fits! This issue is all about embracing size and being kind to your body. We know that being unhappy with your weight and having a negative body image can damage your relationship with food. So, turn the page to read about the new peace movement that helps you love the skin you’re in.