I figured that people in this comm would appreciate this article about Barbara Corkey and her research in metabolism.
... According to the Mail, Irvine has suffered from breathing problems, anemia, and inflamed veins due to her diet., and recently was rushed to the hospital after she collapsed...
It's also inspired timely commentary from health "experts." Last week, a PR agency pitched me a story pegged to Irvine's collapse. A "weight loss specialist" could be made available to "comment on the dangers of Stacey's addiction" and "speak to the dangers of childhood obesity." The doctor in question has "specialized in the study and treatment of Bariatric Medicine" and has "directed the operation of multiple Weight Loss Centers."
Thanks, but according to the gratuitous Daily Mail glamour shots, Irvine is thin. Her health problems are not related to obesity, and they won't be solved by stapling her stomach. Yet we're so culturally hardwired to believe that unhealthy equals fat and vice versa that even photographic evidence (full-body photographs of Irvine were attached to the PR email) isn't enough to break the habit.
Voluptuous actress Christina Hendricks has been immortalised by the makers of Barbie – as a stick-thin, size-zero doll.
And the move has been criticised by a leading dietician as another alarming example of children being encouraged to conform to ideals which do not exist.
Miss Hendricks, 35 – who plays sassy secretary Joan Harris in the hit TV series Mad Men – was recently described by Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone as being a role model and having the ‘ideal shape’ that British women should aspire to. [Note: I do not actually agree with this statement. Women should aspire to whatever makes them feel beautiful, whether that be a size 4, 14 or 24. Some women have curves, some women do not. Women should aspire to be themselves, not some one else.]
But instead of promoting the fuller, hour-glass figure of size 14 Miss Hendricks, Mattel has produced a flat-chested and skinny-hipped doll version of her TV character.
Dietician Sion Porter, an expert in healthy eating at the British Dietetic Association, said: ‘Lynne Featherstone is absolutely right to highlight Miss Hendricks as an example of a perfectly healthy body shape and weight, and she looks stunning. [Note: Again, not so much with the agreeing. Health comes in all sizes. Though, I do agree with the "she looks stunning" part.]
'There is no reason a size 14 can’t be healthy and attractive, so it’s sad and alarming that toy manufacturers can’t represent this.
‘When young girls aspire to look like magazine photographs, or in this case toys, they are trying to achieve the impossible because the images have been heavily airbrushed.’
A spokesman for Mattel said the proportions were not intended to represent Miss Hendricks’s real-life figure. He said: ‘The Mad Men dolls are styled to capture the aesthetics of the show.’
Let's take a look at the gorgeous Ms. Hendricks, shall we?
Now, let's look at the Barbie meant to "represent" her:
Seriously? Seriously?! I mean, I know it's Barbie and everything, but seriously?!
Fuck you, Mattel. You had an amazing chance to break away from decades of promoting unhealthy, unrealistic body images and you fucking failed.
(x-posted to feminist_rage )