We’ve all read about the skinny debate, we know it’s unhealthy for us and that the fashion industry is supposedly to blame for it all. Mind you the fashion industry didn’t force Nicole Richie , Kate Bosworth and co to look like walking skeletons.
Anyway, The Truth About Size Zero follows former Eternal singer and UK TV host, Louise Redknapp, as she shows us a first hand experience of what it is like physically and mentally to go from a healthy size 8, to a size 4. Size 4 is the Australian and US equivalent of a US size zero, and as we learn at the start of Louise’s journey, in which she will drop 2 dress sizes in 30 days.
The fact that they screened this 1 hour show after Australia’s Biggest Loser was questionable to me. First there was a show full of fat people who were so unhealthy because they were too large wanting to lose weight to be healthy. Then seconds after that show ended, there was a show where a healthy woman was also losing weight to become the showbiz “ideal”.
Aside from that, The Truth About Size Zero really showed how a woman can go from a healthy glowing woman, to one that is skeletal complete with horribly sunken eyes and cheeks. Even though Louise was starting to really struggle in the last week or so, she plugged on to show young girls who feel the need to be skinny, that itâ€™s not worth it.
Throughout this process Louise is closely monitored by celebrity nutritionist Dr Adam Carey who warns her of the dangers of crash dieting. Dr Carey says: “I think the current vogue is macabre. I think it is obscene and it is very unhealthy.”
After her first consultation with Dr Carey, Louise says: “Everything he said shocked me. It’s a shame. If every woman in the country, or every woman in the world, that wants to lose weight and become really skinny, if they could all just have half an hour sat down with a doctor telling them exactly whatâ€™s going to happen to them, I think you’d get very few of them that would carry on with it.”
She was also was reduced to tears when she came face to face with anorexia sufferers at the Rhodes Farm Clinic, North London which treats victims of eating disorders. One of the girls had said, “I have always wanted to be someone else.” The comment really disturbed me. Is that why people starve themselves?
Later in the show Louise visited former Spice Girl, Mel C, and discussed how Mel’s eating disorder was treated in the press and her struggle to come to terms with being healthy again. You can check out that clip below…
By the end of her experience, Louise was physically ill and barely able to sleep at nights. “I completely underestimated how hard it would be,” she had said.
To read more about The Truth About Size Zero, read Gemma’s thoughts at CatwalkQueen.
What did you think of show? It’s might sound insensitive, but personally, the show made me hungry, watching someone starve themselves on purpose has me wanting more food, even though I had just eaten a big bowl of noodles.