Body Mass Index
London Fashion week started yesterday and we are under pressure to do the same. Did you see the demonstrators with placards saying ‘I Y my curves.’?
Now, I’m not even a ‘Doctor Gillian type Doctor’ - but it seems to me that anorexia is unlikely to be brought on by a few pics of Mrs Beckham on a thin day.
I’ve known students with anorexia - it is the most awful frightening condition. Almost always it has deep rooted psychological origins. A mate’s mum used to be a cleaner at the ‘big house’ where she noticed that the daughter was ‘starving herself to death’. This was the thirties.
But back to BMI ..… What about the other end of the scale?
Curves are great (and wish I had some) but where is the line supposed to be drawn?
We know obesity is a killer - but it doesn’t prevent the BBC from going orgasmic because they’ve persuaded Dawn French to do another ‘Dibley’ on Christmas day. In fact Dawn, Fern Britton and Robbie Coltrane are national treasures.
I remember gulping in disgust when the lovely DS Penhaligon (Geraldine Somerville) had to get into bed with Cracker. She was beautifully naked and he still had his polo neck jumper on.
Don’t misunderstand me - I don’t want to ban fatties from the screen. I would hate to lose my lovely wonderful Eileen who is getting bigger and bigger. I regularly see her shopping in our local Sainsbury’s.
So - Kate Winslett, Patricia Hewitt, Tessa Jowell, Billie Piper etc - please encourage us to keep healthy but stop acting as body police.
Hope someone disagrees with me.