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!