Halloween: Outrageous Mental Health Costumes

Halloween has always been a holiday I’ve enjoyed, the pumpkin carving, scary decorations and of course the excuse to dress up as whatever you like!  However In recent news supermarket giants Asda and Tesco shocked the nation with their ‘Mental Patient’ Halloween costumes, Asda’s version features the straight jacket covered in blood and a machete, the mask is pretty scary as well! Mental Health charities were outraged by the way the costume represents individuals with mental health disorders and deemed it incredibly bad taste.

mental patient costumesThe costume retailed at £20 has now been removed from sales, harmless costume or discriminating against mental health? That’s for you to decide. Asda has also decided to donate £25,000 to Mind a mental health charity.

Tesco’s orange jumpsuit deemed ‘Psycho Ward’ was a costume I didn’t see as too harmful due to it reminding me of Hannibal Lecter, famous in films and novels, again this caused outrage and the costume has been withdrawn from the site.

Hannibal LecterPersonally I feel Tesco only opted for this costume due to the rising popularity of the TV series Hannibal rather than considering the offence it may cause.

Female Costumes

Shockingly outrageous mental patient costumes aren’t only marketed towards males, even females have costumes aimed at them including ‘Anna Rexia’.

Anna Rexia CostumeIm not sure where this costume was being advertised but I feel this is the worse one of them all, Anorexia is a huge problem affecting a lot of individuals so why make it ‘gimmicky’ and into a costume, the costume even includes a measuring tape belt and choker, the fact that they’ve tried to make the costume sexy makes it seem acceptable to have the disorder.

Finally from Joke.co.uk comes the female mental patient costume, a hospital wristband is included to show the ‘patient’ has been committed to hospital. Personally this reminds me of a character you’d find in a Japanese horror film but it is still offensive to categorise it as a mental patient costume.  The doll I feel depicts the females fragile mind which could indicate she has a mental health disorder.

mental patient girlSo what do you think?

Are the costumes acceptable for Halloween?

Do you think they should have remained on sale?

Would you wear one?

It would be interesting to hear any views on the matter 🙂

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/26/asda-mental-health_n_3993652.html

*images from Google

Is Curvy The New Size Zero?

Everyday women are exposed to images of tiny women, ‘size zero’ models sparked the thinspiration trend, sufferers of this are rejecting their natural body shape to try to achieve the fragile appearance of super models with thigh gaps, as stated in a previous blog, the eating disorder charity B-Eat have stated that if someone has a thigh gap then their body is not yet adult….

Kate MossStriving for the super skinny look is both physically and mentally challenging on the body, individuals can be made to feel guilty if they indulge in meals being told that they’ll become fat or that they are fat for enjoying food, but why should someone be told not to like their body for what it is. An extreme of gaining an eating disorder from the goal of reaching size zero can lead to a body dysmorphic disorder where the sufferer will spent large amounts of time worrying about their appearance and will often see negative points which may not even be physically there, the image below demonstrates an example.

bodyimageModels like Kelly Brook and Kate Upton embrace their size 12 bodies and don’t strive for the unhealthy overly skinny look which comes with the negative effects of eating disorders, fragile appearances and in some cases bones sticking out of the body. 

Kelly Brook herself has this to say:

“A real woman should have curves. It’s sad that so many young, impressionable  girls are faced with images of seriously thin models and think this is the  way  they should look. 

Having an hourglass figure, boobs and bum is all part of being a woman. Size zero is over. Lots of girls say they admire my figure and, to me, that’s the most important thing.

Young women should have role models who aren’t constantly on diets and  brainwashed about fitting into tiny clothes. I dress to accentuate my  curves,  like Marilyn Monroe did. She oozed glamour with her shapely  silhouette.”

Females should be comfortable with their body shapes and accentuate what they have rather than trying to lose it to an unhealthy body weight craze. H&M openly admitted that they want to get away from the image of unhealthy models and use ‘real’ women in their fashion campaigns to promote a healthy body image, recent models have included Beyoncé and Jennie Runk a size 12 model from the USA.

Jennie RunkIt shouldn’t matter if you have a natural curve to your body, embrace yourself and don’t let anybody put you down over your size, thinspiration isn’t a good trend to follow and more should be done to stop images of ‘encouragement’ being openly posted on social networking sites. 

Move over size zero your time is coming to an end…..

Kate Uptonhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2333000/H-M-admits-models-skinny-embraces-bombshell-curves-Beyonc-plus-size-beauty-Jennie-Runk.html

*images from Google