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78 Controversial Takes on Body Image

From Pro-Anorexia Advertising to Obese Catwalks

— April 30, 2012 — Lifestyle
Outrage, disgust and amusement are all apt reactions to the variety of controversial takes on body image featured. From flawless, Photoshopped celebs, to obese pets and pro-anorexia advertising, it's apparent that while the world is ever-changing and we are evolving, body image is still a hot topic among people of all demographics.

While there is a concerning obesity epidemic in North America that people like Jamie Oliver are trying to battle, there are also women (and men for that matter) who can't seem to lose enough weight in order to be happy. Many of these people fuel the booming beauty, fitness and vitamin industries.

A healthy attitude towards body image is something society has yet to perfect and these controversial takes on body image look to push to the boundaries of what's acceptable.
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Obesity-Ordering Apps
Obesity-Ordering Apps
The Five Guys Ordering App Lets You Order Dinner from Your Phone
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Diet Wonder Drugs
Diet Wonder Drugs
Tesofensine Could Double Weight Loss
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Obesity Up In 31 States
Obesity Up In 31 States
Dunkin' Donuts Responds With Trans Fat Ban
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69
Genetically-Modified Superfoods
Genetically-Modified Superfoods
Cancer-Fighting Purple Tomatoes
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68
Personal Trainers for Kids
Personal Trainers for Kids
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Anti-Obesity Baby Formula
Anti-Obesity Baby Formula
Prevention To Start At Birth?
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Super-Sized Fat Seats
Super-Sized Fat Seats
Shameful Seating for the Obese Installed on Brazilian Subway
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Banning Size Zero
Banning Size Zero
US Considers "The Beauty of Health"
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Viral Ads Against Obesity
Viral Ads Against Obesity
ParticipAction Campaign Targets Youth
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2-for-1 Flights for Obese Passengers
2-for-1 Flights for Obese Passengers
Canadian Airlines Offer Second Seat Free
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Queen Star Blames Women for Anorexia On The Catwalk
Queen Star Blames Women for Anorexia On The Catwalk
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Hidden Obesity Cameras
Hidden Obesity Cameras
Stealth Cameras Logging Body Size
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60
Airline Fat Tax
Airline Fat Tax
Overweight Fliers to be Penalized?
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Gutsy Marketing
Gutsy Marketing
Metamucil Wants to Appeal to Younger Crowd
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Digital Weight Gain for Obesity Awareness
Digital Weight Gain for Obesity Awareness
‘Measure Up' by Australian Government
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Body-Loving Designer Exhibits
Body-Loving Designer Exhibits
The Alaïa. Azzedine Alaïa in the 21st Century Exhibition
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Druggie Hamburger Ads
Druggie Hamburger Ads
Childhood Obesity Commercial Takes Junk Food Too Far
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Animal Obesity
Animal Obesity
Epidemic Spreads to Four-Legged Friends
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Diet Pill for Obese Dogs
Diet Pill for Obese Dogs
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10% Of Anorexics Are Male
10% Of Anorexics Are Male
Number Growing
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Obese Fast Food Clowns
Obese Fast Food Clowns
Ron English MC SUPERSIZED Figure Smiles Terrifyingly
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Obese Banknote Leaders
Obese Banknote Leaders
The Super Rich 1965 Ad Campaign Lets You 'Gain More'
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Controversial Diet Soda Ads
Controversial Diet Soda Ads
The New Skinny Pepsi Ad Slenderizes Voluptuous Sofia Vergara
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Augmented Raisin Icons
Augmented Raisin Icons
The Sun-Maid Makeover Involves a Busty New Logo Maiden
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Digitally Made Models
Digitally Made Models
H&M Website Uses Completely Computer-Generated Models
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Eating Disorder Inspired Creativity
Eating Disorder Inspired Creativity
SpoonFed Art
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Obese Lightbulb Advertising
Obese Lightbulb Advertising
Midea Lighting Ads Shed Pounds with Efficient Globes
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As Food Size Doubled, So Did Waistlines
As Food Size Doubled, So Did Waistlines
2 Decade Portion Distortion
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Government-Subsidized Gyms
Government-Subsidized Gyms
South Korea Combats Childhood Obesity
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Model-Free Magazines
Model-Free Magazines
Germany's ‘Brigitte' Magazine Bans Professional Models
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Obese Cartoon Caricatures
Obese Cartoon Caricatures
Fat Gamers Display Pop Cultural Icons Who Let Themselves Go
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Bangkok Butt Enhancements
Bangkok Butt Enhancements
Rear Boosting Thai Surgery
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Pro-Anorexia Ads
Pro-Anorexia Ads
Pretzel Crisps Poster States That "You Can Never Be Too Thin"
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Fat Mocking Ads
Fat Mocking Ads
Gold's Gym Shows That Obesity is Ruining Your Life and Your Clothes
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Body Fat Imprisonment
Body Fat Imprisonment
Striking Companhia Athletica Campaign Against Obesity
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Obese Children
Obese Children
Fat Kids a Growing Trend
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Supersizing Caffeine Quotas
Supersizing Caffeine Quotas
The Starbucks Trenta Size is Larger than the Average Stomach
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Human Form Art Books
Human Form Art Books
Doppelganger Features the Latest Trends in Human Depictions
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Pregnant Man Fitness Campaigns
Pregnant Man Fitness Campaigns
X-Fit Body Trainer Ads Reveal a Potbelly, Not a Baby Bump
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Pro Skinnyvertising
Pro Skinnyvertising
Shocking TV3 America's Next Top Model Ad Seem to Promote Anorexia
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Government-Enforced Fat Camps
Government-Enforced Fat Camps
China Combats Childhood Obesity
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Photo Shoots For Body Image
Photo Shoots For Body Image
Dancing With The Stars Cast Poses For Glamour
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Madrid Bans Skinny Models From Catwalk
Madrid Bans Skinny Models From Catwalk
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Girls on Your Fat Belly?
Girls on Your Fat Belly?
Clever Gym Ad Provides Motivation
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Celebrity Curve Supporters
Celebrity Curve Supporters
Curvy Jessica Simpson Supported By Heidi Klum, Nick Lachey, Carmen Elec
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Full Figured Models
Full Figured Models
Lexibags Abandons Thin
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Scrutinizing Skinny Girls
Scrutinizing Skinny Girls
"Fat" Eva Longoria is Latest Victim
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Skinny Sitcom Stars
Skinny Sitcom Stars
The 90210 Girls Fuel Body Image Woes
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Pro-Anorexia T-Shirts
Pro-Anorexia T-Shirts
The Urban Outfitters 'Eat Less' Tee Stirs up Controversy
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Pro-Anorexia (Pro-Ana) Websites
Pro-Anorexia (Pro-Ana) Websites
Wasting Away Promoted Online
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Obsessing Over Celebs' Weight
Obsessing Over Celebs' Weight
10 Viral Weight Wars Between Stars & the Paparazzi
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Anorexia Billboard Shocks Milan Fashion Week
Anorexia Billboard Shocks Milan Fashion Week
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Size Zero Glamorization
Size Zero Glamorization
Emaciated-Looking Lindsay Lohan Poses for Hedi Slimane
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Belly-Swelling Diet Pills
Belly-Swelling Diet Pills
Gelesis Attiva Capsules Fill You Up Before You Eat
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Body Image Photography
Body Image Photography
Gavin Bond Spoofs Fashion Industry Weight Obsession
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Fuller Bodied Icons
Fuller Bodied Icons
Average Sizes Return to Runways
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Demented Doll Installations
Demented Doll Installations
Barbie Gone Bad at the 7th Annual Altered Barbie Doll Exhibit
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Controversial Curvy Catwalks
Controversial Curvy Catwalks
Full Figured Fashion Show in New York Straddles Obesity & Empowerment
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Skinny Stays
Skinny Stays
Underweight Models Still Hot in UK
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Obese Celebvertising
Obese Celebvertising
PlayStation Packs Pounds on Celebs for 'Fat Princess'
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Makeup-Less Magazine Covers
Makeup-Less Magazine Covers
Scarlett Johansson Goes Natural in July Elle France
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Saggy Skin Sculptures
Saggy Skin Sculptures
John Isaac Gives The Finger To Art With Crude Uniqueness
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Plus-Sized Editorials
Plus-Sized Editorials
Crystal Renn Works It for Harper's Bazaar
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Obese Batman Icons
Obese Batman Icons
Artist Franceso de Molfetta's 'New Idols' Series
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Australia's Next Top Model Debate
Australia's Next Top Model Debate
Is Alice Burdeu Too Skinny to Compete?
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About Face Website
About Face Website
Fighting Against Distorted Images of Women in the Media
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Overweight Toys
Overweight Toys
Fat Barbie, Superman and LEGO Figures Highlight Child Obesity
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Dead On The Catwalk
Dead On The Catwalk
Models Fall Victim To Anorexia Trying To Slim Down
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Overweight Heroine Illustrations
Overweight Heroine Illustrations
'Obese Disney Princesses' Merges Fantasy with Reality
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Body Image Double Standards
Body Image Double Standards
Advertising Age Suggests Women Want Skinny Models
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Extreme Digital Makeovers
Extreme Digital Makeovers
The Photoshop Diet
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Contradictory Weight Loss
Contradictory Weight Loss
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Weight Loss, Thoughts on Body Image
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