Thursday, December 05, 2002

The bizarre world of fashion

Leading fashion magazine Vogue Australia has been accused by nutritionists and anorexia counsellors of encouraging potentially dangerous weight-loss techniques.

An article in the latest edition, about how models lose weight, conveyed dietary information that was confusing, wrong, obnoxious, irresponsible and potentially dangerous, nutritionist Rosemary Stanton said.

The article quotes Miami personal trainer Ruddy Esther as saying when models need to lose weight in two weeks he sends them on "45-minute runs every morning with nothing but sugar-sweetened coffee and an over-the-counter fat-burning pill in their stomachs".

Wow, if you want to weaken you heart dramatically in order to die young, or perhaps even collapse and die on the spot, this is a great way to go about it. But there's more.

A third (trainer), Joe Dowdell, says it is entirely possible that a 1.78-metre tall model, weighing 52kg, may need to lose body fat.

No it isn't. Ugh. Humanity in the modern world has developed some truly odd pathologies. Who could possibly want to live like that.

As a heterosexual male, I will merely observe that women with a few curves are much more attractive than those who are starved and skinny. Most men of my acquaintance seem to feel the same way. Where did this come from?

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