Monday, April 7, 2008

Dangerous nonsense, indeed.

If you've been online sometime in the past month or so, you've probably heard about Chloe Marshall, the first plus-sized model (16 in English sizes, 12/14 in US, BMI floating just at the border of "normal" and "overweight", if those things matter to you) to be in the Miss England contest. If you've never seen Chloe, let me be the one to tell you: she's gorgeous. I mean that; she's just bangin', with an angelic smile and amazing long curves... well... check it out yourself.

Chloe has apparently said, "All I wanted to do by entering this pageant was to send a message out to young girls that it is fine NOT to be a size zero."

Peachy, right?

Some pretentious twat at the Daily Mail thinks "she's talking total rubbish."

There are many, many things wrong with the linked article, but I want to highlight just one:
"I refuse to starve myself to turn my body into something it was never meant to be," she said.
I don't doubt she is telling truth. But yet again she is exposing another myth - that you need to starve yourself to be a healthy weight, and that only junk food makes you fat.
Getting fat by eating good food is perfectly possible - if you eat too much of it.
Chloe claims she "crept up" to a size 16 after dieting to a size 12 on top and 14 on bottom. She's kidding herself.
Her weight didn't "creep on" magically - she ate too much food.
So basically, don't starve yourself, just eat less food.

Gah.

Hat tip to Shapely Prose (I am Kate Harding), who went over this in much more and better detail than I have time for.

2 comments:

  1. Just FYI, railing at the Daily Mail is like railing at the Enquirer or any other American tabloid. It's amusing to do, but don't get your blood pressure up over it.

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