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Astonishing outbreak of good sense [Apr. 2nd, 2008|04:39 pm]
Douglas Spencer
A girl has become Miss Surrey, and hence is a finalist for the Miss England contest.

Yes, this happens every year. No surprises there.

Only this time, it's someone who is the same shape as a normal person.

[User Picture]From: evil_mogwai
2008-04-02 03:47 pm (UTC)

Mind I guess it depends how you carry the weight. I keep getting told I look like a size 12 and I'm actually a 18!
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[User Picture]From: elfs
2008-04-02 03:48 pm (UTC)
I saw that she was running a few weeks ago. She won! Excellent! I'm so pleased; it's so nice to see healthy women held up as models of loveliness.
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From: speccygeekgrrl
2008-04-02 03:59 pm (UTC)
Aw, she's lovely! Good for her.
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[User Picture]From: la_marquise_de_
2008-04-02 04:02 pm (UTC)
And she's gorgeous, too. Best wishes to her.
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[User Picture]From: brewsternorth
2008-04-02 04:38 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of that famous "Green and Pleasant Land, with Size 16 Female Nudist" commercial for Marks & Spencer yonks back.

Hooray for non-stick-insectish glamour ladies!
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[User Picture]From: minttown1
2008-04-02 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this.
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From: ladytg
2008-04-03 06:19 am (UTC)
Hurrah for boobs!!
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From: jamesb
2008-04-04 08:21 am (UTC)
nice ;-)
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[User Picture]From: lproven
2008-04-14 04:32 am (UTC)

Sorry, but I *had* to rise to this.


Well, as you might guess, I don't think she is even /remotely/ attractive. That photo is somewhat unpleasant to look at for me; it evokes feelings of distaste bordering on revulsion.

Now, it's well known, I'm out on one end of the curve in terms of female body shape preference, but let me try to be a bit more objective.

She's 5'10".

To be of "normal", that is to say healthy weight, she should be in the region of 10st to a bit over 11st. That's a body mass index of 20-25; in the white band on this chart.

According to this story in the Mirror, she's 12st 8lb.

That puts her at a BMI *well* into the overweight band. Not obese, but significantly overweight, by about 16%. (I'm not that good with Imperial; that's comparing 10½st (the upper limit of the healthy weight band for her size) to 12½.)

In other words, she is more than 2st overweight, or about one-sixth of her body weight is excess fat.

Yes, her shape may be "normal", but all that means is that it is now normal for British people to be overweight to an unhealthy degree.

I submit that it is doing no-one any favours to try to portray it as normal to be carrying too much fat. It's not about positive self-image; it's about health.

Two concluding thoughts:

[1] Caloric restriction - being half-starved - makes most animals live longer. The results aren't in yet for humans but it works from nematode worms to mice, so it's probably true. Therefore, if nothing else, being fat makes you live a shorter life. (And I don't buy that it's a happier one. I've been fat; it was horrid.) Now, the world is drastically overpopulated; anything that kills more humans is good. So, go for it, proclaim the beauty of fatties!

[2] Marginally more seriously, I submit that I am not some sicko who likes underfed woman. I just have a more-than-averagely pronounced sense of what is a healthy weight. Even I find some models too skinny these days; I do not find anorexic women attractive.
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