I have to rant about this picture:

I absolutely CRINGE when I see models hunched over like this one does in a recent Zara.com lookbook. It doesn’t make the clothes look better and it’s an unhealthy example to everyone.  Is poor posture really becoming another bad habit accepted by society?

Maybe I’m super sensitive to the topic of posture because my 11 year old son has very poor posture. The slouching habit began when he was being bullied at school and he wanted to hide; become invisible. We were not quick enough to step in and put a stop to it. Our bad.  We thought it would correct itself once he was removed from the school.  Not so.  Now we fear he may need surgery down the road to correct the bump forming on his back. We have invested in a posture-correcting back brace for him, take him to the chiropractor and have him stand against the wall with his shoulders back and his spine straight. When I message his shoulders and upper back, there is nothing but knots. We pray the muscle memory will change and he will become strong, tall and straight with time. He is not self- motivated as our “scary threats” of surgery seem distant and unreal. Our sharing that he will breath easier, digest food better and look taller have no impact on him either.

So, when I see professional models being paid by popular retailers to slump over to make the clothes look better, I cringe. I hate it. I want to warn the model, “Stand up straight, girl!.” I want to warn those who see the ad, “The clothes will look better on you with your shoulders back and your head held high!”

Too many of today’s youth walk around hunched over, looking down and physically suffering due to poor posture! I beg you, encourage youth you know to stand tall and proud! Compliment them when they do! And if you suffer from poor posture yourself, I encourage YOU to stand tall and proud!  If you see room for improvement, LiveStrong.com has some great exercises to help improve posture!

If you have any tips or stories to share about how to get your child to overcome poor posture, I would be thrilled to hear what you have to say!

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TAMMY GIBSON, founder of A Mom in Red High Heels, is a God-loving, coffee-drinking, heel-wearing, wife and mom offering up her best tips to help women look and feel fabulous so they can achieve their biggest dreams.


  1. I so agree with you – my mother made me walk with a book on my head and would tap me between the shoulder blades when I would slouch – Try to get your son interested in a sport of some kind – builds self-confidence which might help him to stand proud and straight

  2. Tammy, my son’s horrible posture causes migraine like headaches. We went to doctor after doctor about his headaches, and, finally, the greatest help has been a physical therapist. He explained to me why poor posture causes these horrible headaches and developed a program to strengthen those muscles. He also explained to me that telling my son to stand up straight is asking him to do something that’s not possible (this was before he began the exercise program). He said, “think of whatever your weakest muscle is and imagine having to carry your weight on that muscle all day.” The physical therapist was also able to help us identify exactly what causes our son the most trouble (how he sits to read, for example), and give him alternatives. He also regularly sees a chiropractor and used a message therapist to help his tightness for awhile.
    After months of physical therapy, I’m happy to say my son’s posture is “naturally” excellent because his muscles are strong enough to hold him in the correct position.
    Take care!

  3. Kimberly, thank you so much for sharing your son’s story! It is such an eye-opener for me, especially about asking him to stand up straight! I really appreciate your input and am happy to hear of your son’s success! Would you mind sharing his age? Is he ok with working with a massage therapist? I am so encouraged! Thank you!!

  4. Thank you Diane for sharing your thoughts! My son is taking drum lessons, which is important to have good posture for. We hope it will be a motivating factor 🙂 He enjoys cycling, which really isn’t good for posture but we’ll continue to work with him! Thanks!

  5. Tammy, my son is 14 now. Yes, he was OK with a massage therapist, but he did already know her. It didn’t feel good because she had to get under his shoulder blades to work out all the knots. A neurologist had my son do a push up against a door, his shoulder blades were so uneven when he did this it lead her to recommend massage. I can’t recommend physical therapy enough. Our son is in Tae Kwon Do so we always thought he would have a strong chest and back, but it wasn’t enough. Working those posture muscles is key, plus a professions insight is invaluable. Take care, and I hope it goes well for your on!

  6. Oh, Tammy, I should mention that my son’s problems started when he was 11 too. It took a very long time and so many different doctors because of his headaches before the culprit (poor posture) was pinpointed. I understand your frustration!

  7. Kimberly » You are an angel. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve already talked to my husband about trying PT and we will get started on that ASAP! I’m so happy for you and your son 🙂 xo

  8. That is so funny cause my mum as well tought me to walk straight with my book on the head. And I am so thankfull cause good posture is self confidence, and it is so important nowdays, as actually it always was!