Firstly, I just want to say that I was so sad to hear about Peaches Geldof. Right now, we don’t know why she died, but it’s incredibly sad that a young mum has died suddenly, leaving two babies and a doting husband. Not to forget the rest of her family, who are devastated.We don’t know what killed Peaches, so anything I say about her well-documented eating disorder is an aside, really, to her death.
But it’s been reported that she was quite possibly anorexic and/or bulimic, suffered with low self-esteem for most of her life and followed in her late mother’s footsteps when it came to trying to slim herself into a vision of what she felt was acceptable to the media.She was quoted in the press as having been on month-long fruit and vegetable juice fasts, which can be incredibly dangerous because like it or not, we aren’t designed to function on juices and water for any long period of time. She was ‘attachment parenting’ two young baby boys, and had said at times she was so exhausted that she would cry. How on earth are you supposed to function on a diet of raw bloody vegetable juices when you’re doing that?The big question is…as ever…why the hell do intelligent, fabulous women feel that they are only worth anything if they are thin?
Peaches had clearly lost a lot of weight recently, and with her comments about fasting and weight loss, it was obvious she was brainwashed by the cult of thin. I don’t blame her; it’s happened to us all, and as she was brought up in a media spotlight, it must have been even harder for her than it is for someone like me, who nobody would know if they tripped over drunk in a hallway. Not that it’s ever happened, of course.
It makes me so damn angry that someone with enough spark and sass to stand up to a woman like rent-a-gob Katie Hopkins on TV, and come out on top, couldn’t stand up to the fat police. She had the balls, the wit and the brains to defend a controversial parenting style to someone who isn’t exactly well known for being a devotee of it, and yet she still accepted the dictat from society that the only acceptable way to be was thin, and by all accounts would stop at almost nothing to get to the desired weight so that she could ‘fit in’.
How many more lives are going to be ruined by the thin mafia telling us that we all have to be a certain size to be loved, accepted, admired?