Wednesday, 2 March 2011

A Weight Issue

Anyone who was around twitter on Sunday night could not have failed to notice all the derogatory comments aimed at the beautiful Coleen Nolan. They were coming quicker and faster than last week’s star of embarrassing bodies. Rather than being comments about Coleen’s ability to present, which she is clearly very good at, they were once again about her weight.

We all know the story of the celeb style magazines, such a celeb has put on weight, another celeb has lost weight oh and surprise surprise, there is Jordan in the back ground of a celeb party trying desperately to hang onto her little bit of fame she has. She’s stood next to a guest from channel 4’s embarrassing bodies (completely obsessed with this car crash program) who’s just showed the nation her vagina, which is in desperate need of a glade plugin. Have we become that use to these magazines that we ourselves have become just as judgmental or have we been seduced by TV to be that way inclined.

Is it that we now over look people’s talent because of the size of their waistline? I myself was on the receiving end of such feedback when I was just 16. I was massively over weight; in fact I was creeping up to 19 stone. I looked like an UmpaLumpa, albeit a camp one. At that time I was at drama school, had an agent and had filmed bit parts in Cold Feet and The Grimley’s. However my agent didn’t agree with my look and I was told that if I wanted to be successful I would have to be slim, well that’s the polite version of events. Just five months later, through a ridiculous diet, I had slimmed down to 12 stone.  Shortly after that I told my agent to shove it.  I never appeared on TV again.

There is no doubt that the TV stations themselves are portraying this same type of discrimination. After asking my followers on twitter to name a celebrity on TV who was a size 16 and over I received many responses but with only the following names repeated, Jo Brand, Katy Brand, Miranda Heart and Dawn French. Someone did also mention Vanessa Fletz, Vanessa herself insists she’s a size 14. Someone should inform her that just because she squeezes into one it doesn’t mean she is one.  Should we also be concerned that these women that are larger sizes generally portray figures to be laughed at. This type of behavior is crossed over onto soaps too; EastEnder’s Heather and Coronation Street’s Eileen are both larger ladies and portray characters that are pathetically hopeless.

If we take the wonderful and amazing Allison Hammond as an example, she is a fantastic presenter, full of energy and a pleasure to watch, was she overlooked for the presenting job on This Morning because of her weight? We’ll never know. I personally think she was by far a better option to have taken over from Fern Britten than Holly Willoughby, not that Holly is bad at the job but Alison certainly has that added sparkle.  With Holly soon going on maternity leave there will once again be an empty space on that sofa, will ITV finally make the right decision and give it to Alison? Only time will tell.

I guess what I’m trying to say is shouldn’t we be embracing the larger women that are on our TV screens. When the average dress size in the UK is now a size 16 why do we find it difficult to think of women on TV who are this size and larger? I think it’s time to embrace the curves; after all, what’s a wide screen for.

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