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Plus-Size Fashion Week: Curvy or Overweight?

London Fashion Week has just come to an end, and this year’s event saw the first British Plus-Size Fashion Weekend at Shoreditch Town Hall in east London, writes Rena Dipti Annobil.

t was only a matter of time before events like this started. Larger women are clearly sick of being sidelined by the fashion industry. You only have to look at the success in ranges such as ASOS’S curve collection, which saw a 155 per cent increase in sales last year.

According to a recent survey by the London College of Fashion, the average British woman is size 14-16. But while it makes it makes total economic sense to cater for a population which is getting larger, does it make sense health-wise?

People in the UK have been steadily getting bigger for years – and so have weight and lifestyle related health problems.

The government spends millions on promoting health and exercise in order to tackle the growing issues of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. So is the promotion of plus-size clothing ranges counterproductive to efforts to make the nation healthier? Is it just accepting the fact that people are going to keep getting bigger?

Personally, I think a bit of flab on a woman is actually feminine. But there is a difference between ‘curvy’ and overweight. In the same way that I don’t like gaunt underweight models in advertising campaigns, I don’t think using a size 18 model is a particularly healthy look either.

But that’s just my view on it, would love to know yours.

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