I’d like to start this post by passing on my congratulations to seventeen year old Chloe Marshall for reaching the finals of the Miss England contest. She’s the pretty girl over on the right (or directly above if your using certain phone browsers) for those that haven’t heard of her. Those that have will already know that she’s also the first UK size 16 woman to get into the finals of this contest. Finally the wave of girls that’re so skinny they may as well be boys is over, and curvy, real women are popular again.
At least, that’s what I thought when I first read about it. However, as I prepared this post I came across something disturbing. A newspaper columnist called Monica Grenfell is attacking this girl over her weight.What follows are a couple of choice selections from the linked article where she says some pretty vile things about this girl and accuses her of portraying an unhealthy image. .
It’s a total fallacy that young girls are being pressured into near-starving themselves into being too thin.
She is an ambassador not for the beautiful larger lady as she’d have us believe but a poster girl for diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, cancers and all the other devastating and potentially fatal health problems that are caused or exacerbated by obesity.
I hope she doesn’t win the Miss England title. It would send an appalling – and very dangerous – message to other young women that it’s okay to be fat.
How dare she? The dangerous thing is if anyone reading her column actually believes any of the crap she’s spouting.
Further investigation led me to a teen “health” site run by this Monica Grenfell (a certified nutricionist, no less, who blindly follows B.M.I – a flawed equation that states this guy is obese), where she promotes calory checking every meal. It starts off alright, but soon descends into gems like “The salad. Don’t think about whether you like it girls – eat it because it’s stylish and it’s going to flatten your stomach.” She also promotes a few things known to get in the way of weight loss, like having your main large meal late and going to bed early. Perhaps it’s her way of making more sales of the many self developed diet books and exercise tools that she handily sells on her site.
So yes, it’s obvious to me that there is pressure on young girls to starve themselves and be too thin. The problem Monica Grenfell has in finding it is that she’s one of the ones putting that pressure on them. People like that should be round up and shot in my opinion. So ignore her insults Chloe (and every other woman out there for that matter) and good luck in the contest. A lot of people with sense are behind you.