Thin Women Economics
In economics, the “thin woman” is a hypothetical female with a weight of 90 pounds (41 kg). The term was coined by Wall Street Journal columnist James B. Stewart in a 1990 article.
The term has been used in economic research to explore the relationship between body weight and economic outcomes. For example, a 2011 study found that, in the United States, women who were underweight were more likely to be unemployed and to earn less than their overweight counterparts.
The thin woman has also been used as a metaphor for the idealized female form in the media. In a 2003 article, media scholar Jean Kilbourne noted that the thin woman is often used to sell products and that she is “ubiquitous in our culture”.
Kilbourne argued that the thin woman is a harmful stereotype that contributes to eating disorders and body image issues. She wrote that the thin woman “represents the dangerous intersection of sexism and racism”.