THE size zero debate rages on, some five years after it initially hit the headlines, but why are we still so obsessed with our waistlines?
Last week a ‘managed anorexia’ campaign- note, there is no such thing as ‘managed’ anorexia – was launched on Twitter by a vacuous waste-of-space who was once on Big Brother. I refuse to name this attention-seeking nobody, because publicity is exactly what he wants.
But over the past week he has spent hours each day telling his thousands of followers that the only way to be beautiful is to be a size zero, aka a UK size four. He replied to countless girls, some no-doubt already dealing with anorexia, telling them that they were doing the right thing, starving themselves. He told normal-sized women they were hideously overweight, lazy and unattractive. He offered them a ‘size zero pill’. And it turns out, it was all a hoax.
After a bet with a friend this idiot claimed he could become ‘a globally recognised figure within a week harnessing the power of the internet’.
It worked, he has become a globally recognised hate figure. Countless celebrities and scores of other Twitter users spoke out against his thoughtless tirade, because weight is still a very big issue.
Unhealthy role models for young, and older girls, are easy to find. I opened up one of the biggest selling fashion magazines in the country this week to find a beyond-painfully-thin model gracing the fashion pages.
Just a couple of weeks ago it was reported that Isabelle Caro, a model famous for posing naked in an anti-anorexia campaign, slamming size zero models, had died. The French model had suffered from anorexia for most of her life. She was aged just 28.
I know what this fixation on having the ‘perfect’ body can lead to. I have beautiful friends, strong, funny, stylish and kind friends, who hate their bodies. I know people who had, or still do have, eating disorders. But who is to blame? The media? The fashion industry? Perhaps we are all to blame. Every time we congratulate sudden weight loss and frown on any weight gain, every time we fad-diet, every time we focus on being ‘skinny’ instead of being healthy, we add to the problem.
So as long as you are healthy, eat a balanced diet and take exercise, your dress-size shouldn’t matter. Perhaps it is time to focus on loving our bodies for what they are, and encouraging others to do the same.